Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) today created a world record by sending 104 satellites into space in a one go on a single rocket from Sri Harikota in Andhra Pradesh. This was the highest number of satellites ever launched in a single mission by any country in the world. The satellites were launched on Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C37. The PSLV blasted off at 9:28 AM from the first launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre and first injected Cartosat-2 series satellite into orbit followed by the other 103 nano-satellites, including 96 from the US, in a gap of about 30 minutes, PTI reported. The proud moment of India was celebration across the world and Indian Twitterati also joined the party of celebrate the triumph of Indian scientific community.
While Prime Minister Narendra Modi was one of the first to congratulate ISRO, several others including cricketer Virender Sehwag and author Chetan Bhagat joined the party soon. “Congratulations to 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 said in a series of Tweet. Author Chetan Bhagat Tweeted, “‘ISRO is like an Uber for satellites.”
Here’s how Twitterati reacted to ISRO’s feat:
This remarkable feat by @isro is yet another proud moment for our space scientific community and the nation. India salutes our scientists.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 15, 2017
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 15, 2017
— Hasna Zaroori Hai (@HasnaZarooriHai) February 15, 2017
— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) February 15, 2017
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) February 15, 2017
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) February 15, 2017
Let’s celebrate the success!
Congratulations to #ISRO on the successful launch of PSLV-C37, carrying a record 104 satellites????
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) February 15, 2017
Creating history has slowly started to become second nature to #ISRO, one mean feat after another.
We’re so proud of u!!! #IsroMadeHistory
— booyeahjoeroot (@shraddha_naidu) February 15, 2017
ISRO is now planning to launch two satellites, including the one meant for the benefit of SAARC nations, in March and April this year. “We are planning to launch two satellites, one each in March and April this year,” ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar was quoted as saying by PTI. “Preparations are on in full swing,” he added. The SAARC satellite would be carried out by GSLV MARK II and GSLV MARK III will inject the GSAT-19, a communication satellite. PM Modi had announced to launch SAARC satellite for the benefit of SAARC nation in November 2014 during the SAARC summit in November. The satellite would the member countries in fields such as telecommunication and telemedicine.