ISRO launches 104 satellites in one go, creates history

ISRO launches satellite with PSLV rocketPIB India

Scripting history, India on Wednesday successfully launched a record 104 satellites from Sriharikota and put them into orbit in a single mission on board its most dependable Polar rocket. In the meantime, India's space program set a new world record this week by successfully launching 104 satellites in one mission.

Before this launch, Russian Federation held the record for the largest number of simultaneously launched satellites, after placing 37 of them into orbit in 2014. Weighing 680 kgs at the time of launch, Cartosat-2 is a specialized "Earth observation satellite" in sun-synchronous orbit.

96 U.S. satellites, 101 small satellites one each from Israel, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and two ISRO made nano satellites belonging to global customers were part of this launch.

The two Nanosatellites are named as INS-1A and INS-1B; these satellites have a weight of less than 10 kg and are mainly designed for satellite imagery functioning.

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Soon after the launch, PM Modi and others sent out tweets congratulating ISRO on its historic mission.

This time, it took to space a total of 1,378 kg, of which the primary satellite was 714 kg. "Later 96 satellites will be placed in their orbits", said Ajay Lele of ISRO in a statement. "My hearty congratulations to the entire Isro team for the wonderful job they have done", a beaming Isro Chairman A S Kiran Kumar said. Earlier in June a year ago, it got its earlier set of 12 "Doves" launched along with India's CartoSat-2C. ISRO had earlier launched 23 satellites in a single mission in June 2015.

At the rocket mission control room, ISRO scientists were glued to their computer screens watching the rocket escaping the earth's gravitational pull. Post the launch, various celebrities including Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Dhanush, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded this feat.

"We're proud of this achievement, and we're already gearing up for other launches later this year", says P Kunhikrishnan, Director of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) at Sriharikota.

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