Today, ISRO has done something which not only makes us even more proud, but also places us miles ahead of what other space agencies have ever done: We have made a world record by launching 104 satellites in one single go!
ISRO 104 Satellites in Single Mission: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) geared up to smash the records by launching a massive number of 104 satellites in a single mission.
The PSLV-C37 lifted off successfully in the morning today and placed all 104 satellites, including the country's earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series, in orbit. Of 101 co-passenger satellites, 96 belong to U.S., five from global customers of ISRO - Israel, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, respectively. This included 650 Kg Cartosat-2D and two nano-satellites namely INS-1A and INS-1B weighing 15 Kg each. Cartosat-2 series being the main satellite which weighs around 1574.1 lbs, along with the 103 co-passenger satellites which together weighs around 1463.9 lbs.
The two ISRO Nano satellites (INS-1 and 2) are carrying instruments from its Space Applications Centre (SAC) and Laboratory for Electro Optics Systems (LEOS) for experiments. "ISRO has launched 226 satellites, out of which 179 are from foreign nations".
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The breakthrough launch was planned for January 2017, however, the addition of almost 20 more satellites from other countries postponed the launch to February. "India salutes our scientists", the Prime Minister said.
This is ISRO's second successful attempt after the launch of 23 satellites in a single rocket in June 2015.
The Cartosat-2 series satellite is similar to the earlier four satellites of the Cartosat-2 series. "We are just trying to maximise our capability with each launch and trying to utilise that launch for the ability it has got, and get the maximum in return", he said. Satellite launches happening in pairs will be recorded on-board, then transmitted after to Sriharikota. India's rocket will launch from the spaceport of Sriharikota, about 125 km from Chennai.