ISRO Sets World Record With 104 Satellite Rocket Launch
Feb 16 2017
"One hundred and four satellites have been put into orbit", Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar said soon after the launch, congratulating the space agency's team on its success. Already three are in the orbit and two more will be launched.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has been doing a wonderful job, achieving some historic feats over the past few years.
Cartosat-2 series satellite, with a mission life of five years, will send images that would cater to coastal land use and regulation, road network monitoring, distribution of water, creation of land use maps among others.
The 101 global customer nano satellites were launched as part of the commercial arrangements between Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), a Government of India company under Department of Space (DOS), the commercial arm of ISRO and the worldwide customers. In the past, 20 was the highest number of satellites launched by ISRO in one go, while United States space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sent 29 in a single mission.
Commenting on the ISRO's future missions, the senior space scientist said that they would begin the second mission to Mars in 2021-22 as per existing plans. Last June, India set a national record after it successfully launched a rocket carrying 20 satellites, including 13 from the US.
The PSLV rocket also carried an earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series weighing 714 kg. It's a proud moment for the nation.
In September 2014 the country became just the fourth after the usa, the former Soviet Union and the European Space Agency to successfully guide a spacecraft into orbit around Mars.
PSLV-C37 / Cartosat-2 series Mission Lift off Normal as expected. Previously, Russia had made the record with the launch of 37 satellites in a single mission.
Shahnawaz Hussain:More Congrats to all the scientists at #ISRO for yet another landmark by launching 104 satellites in a single mission.
The remaining 101 co-passenger satellites carried were worldwide customer satellites from US (96), The Netherlands (1), Switzerland (1), Israel (1), Kazakhstan (1) and UAE (1).