Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is set to launch arecord number of 22 satellites in a single mission in May 2016. The launchvehicle will inject 22 satellites into orbit, a first in the history of theorganisation.
The 21 satellites to be launched will include fourmicro-satellites weighing 85 to 130 kg each and 17 nano-satellites weighing 4to 30 kg. 18 of these satellites are being launched for foreign agenciesincluding the United States, Canada, Germany and Indonesia. Two of thenano-satellites have been developed by the Pune Engineering College andSathyabama University, Chennai.
The four micro-satellites to be launched are:
Maritime Monitoring and Messaging Microsatellite (M3MSAT):This micro-satellite of Canada will be used for collection and study ofautomatic identification system signals from low earth orbit.
LAPAN A3: The micro-satellite of Indonesia will used forearth surveillance and magnetic field monitoring.
BIROS: This Germansatellite is meant for remote sensing of high temperature events.
SKYSAT Gen2-1: This US satellite will be used for earthimaging.
The satellites will be launched from the Satish Dhawan SpaceCentre in Sriharikota.