Scientists at the Mission Control centre broke into cheers when 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.”
Indian Space Research Agency successfully launched a record 104 satellites on a single rocket from the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh.
This is the highest number of satellites ever launched in a single mission. Earlier, the Russian Space Agency had launched 37 satellites in one go.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today hailed scientists for the successful launch of 104 satellites on board a single rocket from the spaceport of Sriharikota. He tweeted, “This remarkable feat by @isro is yet another proud moment for our space scientific community and the nation”.
Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C37 blasted off at 9:28 AM from the first launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre and first injected Cartosat-2 series satellite into orbit followed by the other 103 nano satellites from Israel, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates including 96 from the U.S.
Cartosat-2 series satellite, with a mission life of five years, will send images that would cater to coastal land use and regulation, road network monitoring, distribution of water, creation of land use maps among others. .
ISRO had earlier launched 23 satellites in a single mission in June 2015.