The Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, at Sriharikota, will launch 20 satellites for the first time, through Polar Satellite Launching Vehicle (PSLV C34) on June 20.
SDSC SHAR director P Kunhikrishnan was in Amaravati and announced it during the inaugural of Amaravati chapter of ISSE (Indian Society of systems for Science and Engineering).
Kunhikrishnan said PSLV C34 has been developed indigenously and will be carrying three Indian and 17 foreign satellites, which will be useful in fields of Communications, Fisheries and Environment.
Of the three Indian satellites, one is the main satellite – CARTOSAT 2 developed by ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) is a remote sensing satellite and other two were developed by two Indian Universities – Sathyabhama University and Pune University. CARTOSAT weighs about 900Kgs.
The satellites developed by the two Universities were developed for research purposes. The other 17 satellites are from countries including USA, Canada, Germany and Indonesia. These countries approached ISRO for having their satellites launched from SHAR, Sriharikota.