PSLV-C37 successfully carried and deployed a record 104 satellites in sun-synchronous orbits It was launched by Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
- It was the 39th flight of the PSLV and the sixteenth in the XL configuration.
- It carried a total of 104 satellites including the primary payload Cartosat-2D
Cartosat 2D Series:-
- The Cartosat 2 D satellite launched with the PSLV 37 C on 15 February 2017 is the fifth among the six satellites in the series.
- The previous Cartosat-2 C satellite was the primary satellite carried by PSLV-C34 in July 2016. This satellite is similar to the earlier Cartosat-2, 2A and 2B.
- Cartosat-2 is an advanced remote sensing satellite with a single panchromatic camera (PAN) capable of providing scene-specific spot images for cartographic applications.
- It is to be placed in a sun-synchronous polar orbit.
ISRO Nano satellites (INS):-
- Besides setting the record for the most number of satellites launched in a single mission, the Indian space agency has launched two nano satellites weighing less than 10 kg with the PSLV C37 mission.
- It is a technology demonstrator for a new class of satellites called ISRO nano satellites (INS).
- The main objective of the INS, which will be launched together with bigger satellites, is to provide a platform on which payloads up to 5 kg from universities and R&D laboratories, and ISRO itself can be easily integrated for carrying out scientific research activities.