Satellites and Missions launched by ISRO in 2015-16

With the successful launch of record 20 satellites aboard PSLV-C33 by ISRO, brings for its readers 11 major missions or satellites launched by the ISRO in 2015-16. The list covers the launches since July 2015.

Jun 22, 2016 11:17 IST
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As usual the year 2015-16 had been a very busy year for Indian space organisation ISRO. But as said "hard work is always paid", the same goes for ISRO and its scientists working day and night to make India a self-reliant country in space science.

ISRO on 22 June 2016 launched a record 20 satellites in a single mission. With this launch of 20 satellites, ISRO managed to break its previous record of placing 10 satellites into orbit in a single mission in 2008.

ISRO's continuing success in launching satellites, both domestic and foreign, in past one year propelled us to provide a list of satellites/missions launched by ISRO in past one year.

List of Satellites/Mission launched by ISRO

Satellites/Mission Launched

Key Features

Reusable space shuttle RLV-TD (launched on 23 May 2016)

  • Mission also known as Hypersonic Flight Experiment
  • First step towards realising a Two Stage To Orbit (TSTO) fully reusable vehicle
  • It is 6.5 meter long and weighs about 1.75 tons
  • Cost of the project is 95 crore rupees…. Read More

Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS)

  • It comprises of seven satellites that were launched aboard seven PSLVs from 2013 to 2016
  • IRNSS-1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F and 1G were launched by PSLV-C22, PSLV-C24, PSLV-C26, PSLV-C27, PSLV-C31, PSLV-C32 and PSLV-C33 in July 2013, April 2014, October 2014, March 2015, January 2016, March 2016 and April 2016 respectively.
  • The other select countries in the league includes Global Positioning System (GPS) of US, GLONASS of Russia, BeiDou of China, GALILEO of Europe and Quasi-Zenith Satellite System of Japan…Read More


GIRI Radar System (established on 21 March 2016)

  • GIRI stands for Gadanki Ionospheric Radar Interferometer near Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh
  • It was set up at the National Atmospheric Research Laboratory (NARL)
  • It is a 30 MHz radar system that will be engaged in meteor and space weather research
  • It consists of a rectangular antenna array of 160 two-element Yagi-antenna among others… Read More

High-thrust Cryogenic Engine CE-20 (Successfully tested on 19 February 2016)

  • Tested at Propulsion Research Centre in Mahendragiri, Tamil Nadu
  • The successful hotbed test lasted 640 seconds
  • Paved the way for the first developmental flight of the GSLV Mark 3 in December 2016
  • It uses Hydrogen as fuel, stored at minus 253 degrees Celsius and liquid oxygen as oxidizer at minus 193 degrees Celsius.. Read More

6 Singapore satellites (launched on 16 December 2015)

  • The satellites were launched using the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C29
  • For the PSLV, it was the 32nd flight overall, and 31st consecutive successful launch
  • With this, ISRO has put into orbits 57 foreign satellites belonging to 20 countries successfully… Read More

GSAT-15 communication satellite (launched on 11 November 2015)

  • Launched aboard the European Ariane 5 VA-227 from Kourou in French Guyana
  • The 3164 kilogram GSAT-15 carried communication transponders in Ku-band
  • It also carried GPS Aided GEO Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) payload operating in L1 and L5 bands
  • GSAT-15 is the 10th communication satellite and has an estimated lifespan of 12 years.. .Read More

ASTROSAT (launched on 28 September 2015)

  • It is India’s first dedicated satellite for astronomy research
  • Launched aboard Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C30), which is the tenth flight of PSLV in its 'XL' Configuration
  • The satellite is of about 1513 kg and was placed in a 650 km orbit
  • It carries four X-ray payloads, one UV telescope and a charge particle monitor… Read More

NISAR Mission

  • It stands for NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar mission
  • It is optimized for studying hazards and global environmental change
  • As part of it NISAR satellite, is expected to be launched during the year 2021
  • NISAR will be the first radar imaging satellite to use dual frequency… Read More

GSAT-6 communication satellite (launched on 27 August 2015)

  • Launched aboard GSLV-D6 from Sriharikota
  • This was GSLV’s ninth flight and fifth developmental flight
  • GSAT-6 weighing 2117 kg is intended to provide S-band communication services.. Read More

GAGAN System (launched on 13 July 2015)

  • With this, India has become the fourth nation after the US, Europe and Japan to have inter-operable Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS)
  • GAGAN is the first SBAS system in the world to serve the equatorial region… Read More

Five British satellites (launched on 10 July 2015)

  • These satellites are three identical DMC3 optical earth observation satellites and two auxiliary satellites, viz., CBNT-1 and De-OrbitSail
  • These all satellites are built by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited
  • Launched aboard PSLV-C28, which was the 13th flight of PSLV..Read More


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