Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) made India proud today when it created a world record by launching 104 satellites in a single rocket. The satellites were launched from Sriharikota of Andhra Pradesh, and it has made India the first country to launch such a huge number of satellites together. India, apart from outdoing its own previous achievements, has also moved ahead of Russia by a long margin. Russia had held the record earlier, for the most satellite launches in a single mission and the number was 37. Russia had achieved that feat in 2014. This record is followed by the US space agency NASA, which has launched 29 satellites in a single mission. When ISRO had put into earth’s orbit 10 satellites on the PSLV-C10 on June 2008, it had created a world record. But it was subsequently broken many times by Russian and American rockets.
ISRO had commenced the 28-hour countdown for the launch on Tuesday, which was the shortest for any Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle ever. The PSLV-37 is ISRO’s workhorse and on its 39th mission, carried the 104 satellites. This single mission launch is India’s second attempt and the first time it had launched 23 satellites in one go. That mission was launched in June 2016. India’s most powerful rocket the XL variant, which was used in the momentous Chandrayaan and during the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) has been used by ISRO in this launch too. In the launch, 100 satellites are foreign made, including some from the US, and rest of the 3 belong to India, which in itself is a big achievement.
Earlier, ISRO had reportedly planned to launch 83 satellites by January end. But later 20 more were added. PM Modi’s pet South Asian satellite project is scheduled to be launched in March 2017 and it will be a part of GSAT-9, that will be launched in March 2017. Meanwhile, Modi congratulated to the space organisation for the successful launch of PSLV-C37 and CARTOSAT satellite together with 103 nanosatellites.