Space Record Launch of 104 Satellites Created by ISRO Successfully
Indian space Agency has attempted to send 104 satellites into the orbit today on 15th Feb 2017, the most in the history as it secures its position as the dominant place for low cost launches. The workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), on its 39th mission, carrying nano-satellites of 7 countries took off from Sriharikota, a small barrier island in southeast India which included 88 from San Francisco and others built by companies in Kazakhstan, Switzerland, UAE & Israel.
History has been created today by successfully launching 104 satellites on a single rocket at one go. This is the highest number ever launched in a single mission. The first to let off was India’s high resolution Cartosat-2 series created to monitor the activities of India’s neighbor countries China & Pakistan.
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This is a significant step for India. The entire launch happened for 28 minutes and was a four stage mission. All the satellites are successfully placed in the orbits. The two Indian nano-satellites carrying four different payloads from Space Applications Centre (SAC) and Laboratory for Electro Optics Systems (LEOS) are ISRO’s INS-1A and INS-1B, conducting various experiments.
The XL variant rocket, the most powerful one used by the ISRO scientists of height 44.4 meter tall and of 320 ton in weight broke free of the earth’s gravitational pull into the skies at 9:28 am in the morning. Wide margin has been put up between this and next record holder, Russian Space Agency which launched 37 in the year 2014. Earlier to which US space agency NASA launched 29.
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Narendra Modi, Indian Prime Minister and President Pranab Mukherjee congratulated the team of ISRO for the success.
- Cartosat 2, India’s nano satellites separated from launch vehicle.
- Chairman of ISRO- AS Kiran Kumar at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota watched the record satellite launch.
- PSLV has crossed about 4180 km since its launch in 22 minutes.
- PSLV-C37/Cartosat-2 series Mission went off normal as was expected.
- Last year 20 satellites at one go was launched by ISRO.
- 101 international customer nano satellites were launched as a part of Antrix Corp Limited which is the arm of ISRO and international customers.
- The aim, according to the Chairman was to maximize the capability with each launch and not to set a record.
- With maximization of capability with each launch, they are trying to utilize it in getting the maximum return.