Today, at Sriharikota @ Andhrapradesh, ISRO(Indian Space Research Organisation) launched 104 satellites in a single rocket launch setting a world record. Russia holds the record till now with the launch of 37 satellites. No other country has launched with these huge number of satellites.
In this launch, Agency’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) PSLV-C37, took off in the morning at 9.28 am launched 101 satellites from international customers from US, Israel, UAE, Netherlands, Kazakhstan and Switzerland. Remaining 3 belongs to India.
PSLV C-37 launches CARTOSAT-2 series satellite and two other Nano satellites. INS-1A and INS-1B are two nano satellites. And Cartostat-2 series satellite is first to let off in the orbit which is capable of monitoring activities of India’s hostile neighbours at a resolution of less than a metre.
The two Indian nano-satellites are ISRO’s INS-1A and INS-1B. INS-1A and INS-1B which carry a total of four different payloads from Space Applications Centre (SAC) and Laboratory for Electro Optics Systems (LEOS) of ISRO for conducting various experiments.
“This is a significant step for India. This entire launch will last for 28 minutes…It is a four stage mission. The first satellite will go in the 17 th minute followed soon by two nano satellites by India. Later 96 satellites will be placed in their orbits,” said Ajay Lele of ISRO.
As the scientists at the Mission Control centre broke into cheers, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman A S Kiran Kumar announced: “All 104 satellites successfully placed in orbit. My hearty congratulations to the entire ISRO team for the wonderful job they have done.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee congratulated Team ISRO for the successful launch.
ISRO is competing with international space agencies with their great share in the space launch market with low-cost space programme. Space programme will surely help India grow in International space Market.