ISRO today launched a record breaking 104 satellites at 9.28am by Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) in a single mission from the 1st launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota. and scripted a new chapter in the history of space exploration and they broke the world record hold by Russia 37 satellites in June 2014 and NASA 29 satellites in Nov 2013. Their previous best was 20 satellites in one go launched in June 2015.
The rocket started placing the satellites into orbit Seventeen minutes later, first placed its main payload Cartosat- 2 series, India’s indigenously built earth observation satellite, then it was followed by two other nano-satellites of Isro —- INS-1A and INS-1B and then one by one with a time-frame of about 10 minutes 101 nano satellites in altitude reaching the polar sun synchronous orbit..
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated ISRO by tweeting.
This is a great moment for each and everyone of us. Today we have created history,” said B. Jayakumar, the project’s director.
“We can also hit centuries like our cricketers. In another two months, the number of satellites built by Isro will reach 100. Besides GSLV missions, we have get Chandrayan – 2 ready for launch next year.” said Director, Isro Satellite Centre Mayilsamy Annadurai.
Out of 104 satellites 3 of them are Indian, One of them believed to be cartographic satellite capable of taking high resolution images. two others are nano sats are INS-1A and INS-1B built by ISRO.
Rest of the 101 satellites belonged to six foreign countries, 96 were from the United States and one each from Israel, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates.
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