ISRO creates world record, launches 104 satellites in single rocket
Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh): Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), on Wednesday, created a world record in the space arena by catapulting 104 satellites in a single rocket.
The rocket, XL version of the popular Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV- C37), was taken off from the spaceport of Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh at 0928 hours.
Out of 104 satellites, 101 were foreign and three were Indian.
The rocket carried 714 kilogram, CAROSAT, main satellite for earth observation and 103 smaller 'nano satellites' which combined weighed 664 kilograms.
Most of the satellites were from Israel, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and the US.
ISRO outshined Russia, which in 2014 launched 37 satellites in a single rocket, using a modified inter-continental ballistic missile.
According to the scientist Ajay Lele of ISRO, "This is a significant step for India. The entire launch lasted for 28 minutes...It was a four stage mission. The first satellite went in the 17th minute and was followed soon by two nano satellites by India. Later 96 satellites were placed in their orbits."
PM Modi applauded the efforts of the scientists. He took to twitter and posted, "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."
ISRO also took to twitter and posted: