Indian space research organization (ISRO) has created another history today. ISRO Satellite Launch was successful which includes a record-breaking 104 nano satellites into orbit, all on board a single rocket.
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its thirty ninth flight (PSLV-C37), launches the 714 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation and 103 co-passenger satellites together weighing about 663 kg at lift-off into a 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO).
Here are the important points about the ISRO Satellite Launch.
- PSLV-C37 was launched from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.
- This was the sixteenth flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration (with the use of solid strap-on motors).
- Out 104 satellites ISRO launched today, three are Indian and 101 are foreign and smaller satellites.
- ISRO used the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) for the launch. It carried a 714-kilogram main satellite for earth observation and 103 smaller “nano satellites” which weighed a combined 664 kilograms.
- Most of the nano satellites are from other countries, including from Israel, Kazakhstan, The Netherlands, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and the US, said the state-run ISRO. A whopping 96 satellites are from the US alone.
- ISRO breaks the record held by Russia in 2014. They projected 37 satellites in a single launch, using a modified inter-continental ballistic missile.
- Last June, ISRO set a national record after it successfully launched a rocket carrying 20 satellites, including 13 from the US.
India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, greeted the launch on Twitter as an “exceptional achievement”.
This remarkable feat by @isro is yet another proud moment for our space scientific community and the nation. India salutes our scientists.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 15, 2017
The chairman of the space agency, Kiran Kumar, said his team had not set out to break records. “We are just trying to maximise our capability with each launch and trying to utilise that launch for the ability it has got, and get the maximum in return,” he said.
The phrase “world record” has also been trending on Twitter India for much of Wednesday morning.
The Indian government has increased the budget for its space programme this year and also announced plans to send a mission to Venus.