ISRO Breaks Russia's Record by Sending 104 Satellites in a Single Rocket


The previous highest number of satellites launched by Isro in one mission was 20 in June 2015.

The technological apartheid against India has been an issue for India's science and technology establishment from the Cold War period.

Indian Space Research Organization's Successful Launch. The president, Pranab Mukherjee, called it "a point of interest in the historical backdrop of our space program".

The development of the space technology of a country is determined by the size of its input, it said.

According to TheTimesOfIndia, the launch was yet another success for the Indian Space Research Organization, which has rapidly gained itself a reputation globally for its successfully effective yet low-priced missions. It established India's credibility as a space power and has translated into tangible economic benefits when it comes to the big business of satellite launches. With its remarkable feat ISRO helped a pioneering US-based startup, Planet, put 88 satellites in orbit- the largest satellite constellation ever, which would enable the company to image the entire planet daily. It's fair to say the significance of this achievement is limited. In this regard, Indian scientists know more than the Indian public, who are encouraged by media reports.

"PSLV-C37 lifted off as planned at 9:28 am IST".

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"Congratulations to @isro for the successful launch of PSLV-C37 and CARTOSAT satellite together with 103 nano satellites!", the prime minister tweeted.

As the scientists at the mission control centre broke into cheers, ISRO Chairman AS Kiran Kumar announced: "All 104 satellites successfully placed in orbit".

The order of the PSLV mission is the 714 kg Cartosat-2 Series satellite for Earth observation, followed by the INS-1A and INS-1B, after it reached the polar Sun Synchronous Orbit. After coming into operation, it will provide remote sensing services. Of 101 co-passenger satellites, 96 belong to U.S., five from worldwide customers of ISRO - Israel, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, respectively.

The remaining 101 co-passenger satellites carried were worldwide customer satellites from United States of America (96), The Netherlands (1), Switzerland (1), Israel (1), Kazakhstan (1) and UAE (1).

While traveling at 27,358 km/h (17,000 mph), the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket released each satellite at a risky interval of just a few seconds.