Isro inks satellite world record: Here’s how Tesla CEO Elon Musk made every Indian’s heart swell with pride

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New Delhi | Published: February 16, 2017 5:59:20 PM

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has congratulated Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on it's latest achievement yesterday, making every Indians proud.

During an interaction he was asked on space organisations latest achievement to which he said that it was 'very impressive'. (Reuters)During an interaction, he was asked on space Isro’s latest achievement to which he said that it was ‘very impressive’. (Reuters)

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has congratulated Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on it’s latest achievement yesterday, making every Indians proud. During an interaction he was asked on space organisations latest achievement to which he said that it was “very impressive”, a report by DNA has said. Yesterday, the Isro launched a record 104 satellites from the spaceport of Sriharikota of Andhra Pradesh , making India the first country to script history after launching as many satellites in a single rocket.

Isro, which has already achieved 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 had tweeted.

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 which are more smaller and lighter are also becoming popular and are being used for a variety of space applications. When ISRO had put in to orbit 10 satellites on the PSLV-C10 in June 2008, it had created a world record, which was broken several times by Russian and American rockets.

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