ISRO Launches 104 Satel­lites on Sin­gle Ve­hi­cle

Agency bet­ters Rus­sian coun­ter­part’s feat of launch­ing 37 satel­lites at one go

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Sri­harikota: Script­ing his­tory, In­dia on Wed­nes­day suc­cess­fully launched a record 104 satel­lites — all but three of them for­eign — from here and put them into or­bit in a sin­gle mis­sion on­board its most de­pend­able Po­lar rocket.

Record­ing its 38th con­sec­u­tive suc­cess, ISRO’s work­horse Po­lar Satel­lite Launch Ve­hi­cle (PSLV) in­jected In­dia’s weather ob­ser­va­tion Car­tosat-2 Se­ries satel­lite and 103 nano satel­lites into pre­cise or­bit in a gap of 30 min­utes af­ter a text­book lift-off from this space­port, about 100 km from Chen­nai. The In­dian Space Re­search Or­gan­i­sa­tion(ISRO) bet­tered Rus­sian space agency’s feat of launch­ing 37 satel­lites at one go in 2014. The pre­vi­ous high­est num­ber of satel­lites launched by ISRO (In­dian Space Re­search Or­gan­i­sa­tion) in one mis­sion was 20 in June 2015.

A ma­jor­ity of the satel­lites have earth-imag­ing ca­pa­bil­ity while the In­dian car­to­graphic satel­lite is ca­pa­ble of tak­ing high res­o­lu­tion images.

Cel­e­bra­tions erupted among sci­en­tists at the space­port here when the ISRO chair­man AS Ki­ranku­mar an­nounced that all the satel­lites had been put into or­bit as planned.

“All 104 satel­lites suc­cess­fully placed in or­bit. My hearty con­grat­u­la­tions to the en­tire ISRO team for the won­der­ful job they have done,” a beam­ing ISRO chair­man AS Ki­ranku­mar said. PM Naren­dra Modi con­grat­u­lated ISRO for the suc­cess­ful launch of 104 satel­lites, call­ing it a “re­mark­able feat”.

Car­tosat-2 Se­ries satel­lite, a re­mote sens­ing space­craft with a five-year life span, would send images that would be utilised in coastal land use and reg­u­la­tion, road net­work mon­i­tor­ing, dis­tri­bu­tion of wa­ter, cre­ation of land use maps among oth­ers, ISRO said. Af­ter a flaw­less flight, the rocket first put into or­bit 714 kg Car­tosat-2 Se­ries satel­lite fol­lowed by the co- pas­sen­gers --ISRO's INS-1A and INS-1B, 96 other nano satel­lites be­long­ing to two US com­pa­nies, and one each from Is­rael, Kaza­khstan, The Nether­lands, Switzer­land and the UAE. Each nano satel­lite weighs less than 10 kg.

The satel­lites were placed in the po­lar Sun Syn­chro­nous Or­bit (SSO) in a gap of about 30 min­utes dur­ing a se­ries of sep­a­ra­tions. The mis­sion once again proved ISRO's ca­pa­bil­i­tiesin un­der­tak­ing com­mer­cial launches with the PSLV achiev­ing its 38th con­sec­u­tive suc­cess.So far, ISRO has launched 226 satel­lites, in­clud­ing 179 be­long­ing to for­eign coun­tries.

The PSLV with 104 satel­lites on board be­ing launched

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