1. ISRO successfully launches record 104 satellites in PSLV-C37 rocket

ISRO successfully launches record 104 satellites in PSLV-C37 rocket

India now becomes the first country to script history after launching the 104 satellites in a single rocket.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: February 15, 2017 12:06 PM
India now becomes the first country to script history after launching the 104 satellites in a single rocket. . (Twitter) India now becomes the first country to script history after launching the 104 satellites in a single rocket. (Twitter)

In a momentous occasion for Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) as well as India, a record 104 satellites was launched today from the spaceport of Sriharikota of Andhra Pradesh. India now becomes the first country to script history after launching the 104 satellites in a single rocket. ISRO already an achiever of extraordinary feats, has outdone itself and Russia which previously held the record for the most satellites launched in a single mission- which is 37 – in 2014. Last June, ISRO had sent up 20 satellites in one go, its personal best. It is using the same rocket this time — the XL version of the popular Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), to push the boundaries of efficiency and effectiveness in space launches.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated ISRO for the “successful launch of PSLV-C37 and CARTOSAT satellite together with 103 nano satellites!”. “This remarkable feat by @isro is yet another proud moment for our space scientific community and the nation. India salutes our scientists,” PM Modi tweeted.

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With smaller satellites — like the ‘Cubesats’ that measure 10cm x 10cm x 10cm and weigh between 1 kg and 10 kg — becoming the norm, it is possible to load more and more of them on to a single rocket. Satellites that are even more small and light are becoming popular too, and are being used for a variety of space applications. When ISRO put in to orbit 10 satellites on the PSLV-C10 in June 2008, it created a world record. But the record was subsequently broken several times by Russian and American rockets.

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Of 101 co-passenger satellites, 96 belong to USA, five from International customers of ISRO — Israel, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, respectively.

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Two other Indian nano satellites, totally weighing about 1,378 kg, will also ride piggyback in the rocket. The nano-satellites belonging to international customers are being launched as part of the arrangement by Antrix Corporation Ltd (ANTRIX) the commercial arm of the ISRO. Cartosat-2 Series, which is the primary satellite, will be similar to the earlier four satellites in Cartosat-2 Series.

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It was ISRO’s second successful attempt after launching 23 satellites in one go in June 2015. PSLV has first launched the 714 kg CARTOSAT-2 Series satellite for earth observation and then inject 103 co-passenger satellites, together weighing about 664 kg at lift-off into polar Sun Synchronous Orbit, about 520 km from Earth.

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    Bhasi Mavath
    Feb 15, 2017 at 5:52 am
    Great achievement by Indian scientists and support staff. Heartiest congratulations!
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    1. Aji Kurup
      Feb 15, 2017 at 4:08 am
      An amazing achievement....a proud moment for we Indians
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      1. Harsh Vardhan
        Feb 15, 2017 at 4:51 am
        Pole star of India R&D capabilities
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          Kavita
          Feb 15, 2017 at 6:32 am
          Great achievement by Indian scientists....
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            Jay
            Feb 15, 2017 at 4:36 am
            ISRO makes OUR NATION PROUD
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              Therealnews
              Feb 15, 2017 at 7:10 am
              Good job! Are any of the satellites to be used to watch for gang rapists?
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                sasikala Robertsekar
                Feb 15, 2017 at 10:57 am
                Great job ISRO...........
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                  Dave Smith
                  Feb 15, 2017 at 9:17 am
                  Yes. By Ordinance 205A (psed 215-138, 9 abstaining), all gang-rapes in India will now be live-streamed for the general public's viewing pleasure.
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                    C.venu gopireddy
                    Feb 15, 2017 at 11:53 am
                    Its proud to say orbitting 104 satellites by single launch vehicle . But we need the same by GSLV and have to put heavy satellites into Geo stationary orbit this can help technology to our nation more than PSLV
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                      vincit
                      Feb 15, 2017 at 10:14 am
                      Good job! ISRO
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                      1. Neha Mishra
                        Feb 15, 2017 at 10:06 am
                        Congratulations to ISRO team
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