India sets new world record, launching 104 satellites at once.
Creating a new world record in the process, India successfully kicked off their 217 launch calendar February 14 by launching a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle with 104 satellites. The rocket launched at 10:58pm EST from the Satish Dhawan Space Center.
Lofted into a sun-synchronous orbit by the rocket’s fourth stage, 101 cubesats accompanied three larger satellites on the mission. CartoSat-2D is the fourth in a series of high-resolution Earth-imaging satellites domestically designed by India. Less than ten seconds after CartoSat-2D was deployed, the INA-1A and 1B satellites were released. These two satellites are technology demonstrators for a new, smaller satellite bus that India hopes can attract universities and small businesses for space-based payloads.
Of the 101 cubesats deployed, 88 belonged to the Planet company, which - when combined with 100 identical satellites already in polar orbit- will photograph the entire surface of the Earth every day. Eight other cubesats belonged to Spire Global, and will measure atmospheric conditions and global shipping traffic. The remaining five are scientific and communication technology demonstrators
ISRO - the Indian Space Research organization - released a stunning video of the PSLV launch, the first time footage from onboard rocket cameras have been released. Key events in the rocket’s ascent can be seen, including the jettisoning of its six strap-on solid rocket motors, separation of its second and third stages, and jettisoning of the payload fairing.
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I’m finally off on a snow day. I’ve been wanting to go out on a snow day with Miles and take pictures or family photos at that. It’s just Miles and I today. It’s cold and his cheeks and nose turned red too quick and I got nervous. I usually overdress him, in fear that cold will make him sick. Asian state of mind! Anyways, he snuck out his hands and I was yelling, “no, no, don’t touch the snow.” Overboard right?! I went over and his hands were cold as expected. I wanted to go back inside and I saw a lady come out from our building. I asked her if she could take a picture of us and she’s said okay while continuing to ask about him. Finally, she snaps two quick photos and I immediately ask if it came out good. She said, “SURE!” With so much confidence, but in actually she just effortlessly snap these photos. Sure enough the first one of us is blurry and the second one with my head cut off. I mean seriously, EVERYTHING TIME I ask someone to take a picture of Miles and I, it does’t come out good. How hard is it to snap a decent photo. Just center the subject. That is is!!! It’s not rocket science. My cameras are not that difficult to use. The auto focus pointer has already been set to the middle. It can’t be my “difficult” cameras, because even when someone takes a photo of us on our phone or their phone its still not good. UNREAL! So frustrating
NASA has developed a special camera that lets you actually see the details of a fiery plume emanating from a space rocket. In the past, cameras have a hard time adjusting their exposure to something so intense, so all you often see is an overexposed jet of fire.
Scientists tested the new HiDyRS-X camera, which can record multiple exposures at the same time, during a recent test of the the Space Launch System’s boosters and the results are mesmerizing.