C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

India to set satellite launch record with nanosats

15 February 2017
Israel's first research satellite, BGUSAT, is a technology demonstration to be placed into orbit after the ISRO's record breaking launch. Source: Israel Aerospace Industries

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) plans to set a world record by launching 104 satellites and placing them into orbit on 15 February 2017.

The ISRO will use a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C37 (PSLV-C37) launcher from the Satish Dhavan Space Centre at Sriharikota, India. The Russian Dnepr launcher holds the record for launching 37 satellites in June 2014.

The 104 satellites originate from various countries, including India (Cartosat 2D, Isro Nano Satellite-1A, and Isro Nano Satellite-1B), Israel (Ben Gurion University Satellite - BGUSAT), Kazakhstan (Al-Farabi-1), Switzerland (Dido 2), the Netherlands (PiezoElectric Assisted Smart Satellite Structure - PEASS), United Arab Emirates (Nayif-1), and the United States, which will be launching a flock of 88 Dove 'cubesats' from Planet Incorporated (Flock 3P), along with the Lemur-2 satellite from Spire Global.

The Israeli BUGSAT nanosatellite also represents the first time that Israel will be able to receive data directly from an Israeli-designed and manufactured satellite, foregoing the need to transfer information through other countries, according to an Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announcement.

Developed by IAI, the Israel Space Agency in the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Beer Sheva-based Ben Gurion University, the 10 cm x 10 cm x 30 cm BGUSAT is 5 kg and enabled with a monitoring system, specially designed MicroGic Electronics cameras capable of short-wave infrared imaging of meteorological conditions, and a purpose-built computer developed by IAI engineers with Ramon Chips technology that is already incorporated into the SpaceIL spacecraft and three space autonomous mission of swarming and geolocating nanosatellites (SAMSON).

IAI has invested approximately USD260,000 for research on the satellite's data and images.

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