Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) set a world record on February 15, 2017, when it launched the PSLV-C37 rocket into space, launching 104 satellites in the process.
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) set a world record on February 15, 2017, when it launched the PSLV-C37 rocket into space, launching 104 satellites in the process. The space agency later released a magnificent footage of the launch of the PSLV-37 from the launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. The video footage shows what happened after the launch and how it would have looked from the PSLV. The nano satellites carried by the PSLV-37 were then separated in 3 stages at a gap of about 30 minutes. India made a world record with the launch of 104 satellites in one go. The country that comes second is Russia, who had launched 37 satellites in one single go, something it had achieved in 2014 using a modified intercontinental ballistic missile.
Watch Lift-Off Video of PSLV-C37 Launch from On-board Camerahttps://t.co/AeM7xrI3q3 pic.twitter.com/2ELUWFXLnD
— ISRO (@isro) February 15, 2017
So Russia remains way behind in terms of the number of satellites launched at the same time, followed by USA’s NASA which has launched 29. And while there are talks about India’s record being broken, it seems highly unlikely that any other country would plan to attempt such a feat in the future. This was only the 15th space mission the ISRO has conducted and has had an extremely good success rate as none of its programmes has failed since 2010. This was India’s first space mission of 2017 and the most complicated one yet, considering the sheer number of satellites it carried.
India had earlier made a national record in June 2016 after it had successfully rocketed 2o satellites at one go, including 13 from the United States of America. The PSLV-XL carried the Cartosat 2 for earth observation. It weighed 714 kg. Add the 103 nanosatellites into the mix and the entire launch carried by the PSLV-XL had a satellite mass of about 1,378 kg. India has received widespread recognition for the success of its space programmes such as the Chandrayan and Mission Mars. The ISRO has managed to conjure up some of the most productive missions which have also been cost-effective as compared to our western counterparts.