Chennai, Dec 28: The year 2017 was full of achievements for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). One of the proud achievements for the country was the launch of PSLV –C37 which carried 104 satellites in one mission. ISRO also launched the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle- Mk III (GSLV – Mk III) in 2017. Also Read - ISRO Successfully Launches PSLV-C51 Carrying 19 Satellites, PM Modi's Photo & Bhagavad Gita | Watch Video
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The launch of PSLV – C37 which carried 104 satellites to the orbit in February 2017 proceeded to set a world record. The South Asia Satellite was also launched with an aim of serving the “economic and developmental priorities” of South Asian Nations. Interestingly, South Asia Satellite was launched using electricity by ISRO to test the steps to reduce the use of fuel for future however it was equipped with the fuel for emergencies. Also Read - ISRO, MapmyIndia Join Hands to Offer Indigenous Mapping Solution to Take on Google Maps
In June, ISRO again launched multiple satellites including the Cartosat, Nano, NIUSAT and 29 more satellites which were contributed by 14 countries. With this, India completed a double century of launching foreign satellite launch.
ISRO was asked to develop a satellite by Prime Minister Narendra Modi which would be exclusively used by the countries under SAARC group. This decision faced rejection from Pakistan which stated its unwillingness to use Indian satellite.
However, there were also some failures. The PSLV launch mission to carry the navigation satellite of the country failed in August. The launch of Indian Regional Navigation Satellite 1H (IRNSS- 1H) failed as the heat shield could not separate after getting stuck inside the upper deck. “The rocket heat shield didn’t separate,” AS Kiran Kumar, Chairman of ISRO, told IANS.
K. Sivan, Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre said that he looks forward to the upcoming year as he believes it would be a successful year where there will be many launches and also the launch India’s second moon mission – Chandrayaan.
With inputs from IANS