At 9.28 am on Wednesday, Indian Space Research Agency (ISRO) successfully launched a record 104 satellites on a single rocket from the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh. Both ISRO and India have achieved a historic feat something which has not been achieved by any organisation or country. A record 104 satellites from 7 countries were launched propelling ISRO to a league of its own. With this, India now becomes the first country to launch 104 satellites in a single rocket. The countdown for the launch of PSLV-C37/Cartosat2 Series satellite mission has begun soon after the Mission Readiness Review committee and Launch Authorisation Board gave its approval for lift off, ISRO said.
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 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.
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11:20 am: This was followed by launch of the other 101 nano satellites of overseas customers in blocks in a series of separations.
11:25 am: In today’s complex mission after the end of 28-hour countdown, the PSLV-C37 injected the 714 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite followed by ISRO’s nano satellites INS-1A and INS-1B in an 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO).
11:10 am: INS-1A and INS-1B will carry a total of four different payloads from Space Applications Centre (SAC) and Laboratory for Electro Optics Systems (LEOS) of ISRO for conducting various experiments, ISRO said
11:05 am: Cartosat-2 series satellite, with a mission life of five years, will send images that would cater to coastal land use and regulation, road network monitoring, distribution of water, creation of land use maps among others
11:02 am: President Pranab Mukherjee congratulates ISRO for successful launch of PSLVC37, carrying 104 satellites. The President says nation proud of this achievement.
10:51 am: Watch this video
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10:47 am: ISRO chief A S Kiran Kumar said at the mission control centre at Sriharikota that the Prime Minister has congratulated the space agency team for the successful launch.
10:45 am: Of the 104, 101 are foreign satellites to serve international customers as the South Asian nation seeks a bigger share of the $300 billion global space industry.
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10:17 am: “Spoke to the Secretary, Department of Space and congratulated him & the entire team of scientists on today’s exceptional achievement, PM Modi said.
10:09 am: “This remarkable feat by @isro is yet another proud moment for our space scientific community and the nation. India salutes our scientists,” PM Modi says.
10:06 am: PM Narendra Modi congratulates ISRO for the successful launch of PSLV-C37
Congratulations to @isro for the successful launch of PSLV-C37 and CARTOSAT satellite together with 103 nano satellites!
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 15, 2017
10:05 am: Check out ISRO’s tweet
PSLV-C37 / Cartosat -2 Series Mission Successfully Launched all 104 Satellites
— ISRO (@isro) February 15, 2017
10:00 am: Mission accomplished! All 104 satellites have been successfully separated.
9:40 am: PSLV-C37 carrying CARTOSAT2 series earth observation satellite and 103 nano satellites lifts off from Sriharikota.
9:28 am: ISRO successfully launches record 104 satellites in single rocket.
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8:22 am: Of 101 co-passenger satellites, 96 belong to USA.
8:20 am: five from International customers of ISRO — Israel, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, respectively.
8:17 am: 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.
8:15 am: Cartosat-2 Series, which is the primary satellite, will be similar to the earlier four satellites in Cartosat-2 Series.