The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched 104 satellites into orbit aboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle on February 14, 2017, setting a new record for the most satellites launched simultaneously on one rocket.
PSLV C37 is the 39th flight of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) series of rockets by the Indian space agency.
As the country seeks a bigger slice of the multi-billion dollar space launch industry, the Isro bettered the Russian space agency's feat of launching 37 satellites at one go in 2014.
Most of the nano satellites are from other countries, including from Israel, Kazakhstan, The Netherlands, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and the U.S., said the state-run ISRO.
PSLV-C37 also carries two ISRO Nano satellites (INS-1A and INS-1B), as co-passenger satellites. The Space agency made the India Proud, and it was praised by President Pranab Mukherjee, PM Narendra Modi, Amitabh Bachchan and other famous persons.
Satish Dhawan Space Center director P. Kunhi Krishnan said the launch clearly reiterated ISRO's capability in handling complex missions very professionally. It was necessary to use ISRO's most powerful rocket, XL Variant that was previously used in Chandrayaan and during the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) for this record-breaking launch. In Wednesday's mission, the total weight of all the 104 satellites flown was 1,378 kg.
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The Indian Space Research Organization said the nano satellites " those weighing less than 10 kilograms (22 pounds) " were sent into orbit from southern India. Last June, India set a national record after it successfully launched a rocket carrying 20 satellites, including 13 from the US.
The countdown for the launch of PSLV-C37/Cartosat-2 Series satellite mission begun soon after the Mission Readiness Review committee and Launch Authorisation Board gave its approval for lift off and today the launch took place early in the morning.
Celebrations erupted at the spaceport when the Isro chief announced that all the satellites had been put into orbit as planned.
"This is a great moment for each and everyone of us".
Earth observation Cartosat-2 satellite was the first to take off.
There are a total of 6 countries whose satellites are participating in the launch. It's time for a grand celebration for the scientists and all the members of ISRO along with the citizens of India. India has bettered that record with almost thrice that number. He said India had so far launched 226 satellites, including 179 foreign satellites.