New World Record: India Launches 104 Satellites From One Rocket

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on Wednesday successfully launched 104 satellites in one mission, creating a new world record of the number of satellites launched at once.

The Organization said the satellites, which were from seven countries, were carried by the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C37. It was the 39th successful launch of the agency’s workhorse rocket.

The new milestone achieved by the Indian Space Research Organization top’s the record set by Russia in 2014 when it launched 37 satellites in a single mission. In 2013, National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) rocket carried 29 satellites.

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The PSLV-C37 rocket’s main cargo was ISRO’s 714 kilogram Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation. Two smaller satellites are carrying a total of four different payloads for conducting various experiments. The remaining satellites had a combined weight of 664 kilograms.

Out of the total 104 satellites placed in orbit, 101 satellites belonged to six foreign countries. They included 96 from the US and one each from Israel, the UAE, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Kazakhstan.

After the launch was signaled to be successful, ISRO chairman A. S. Kiran Kumar congratulated his team for the successful launch of 104 satellites.

“My hearty congratulations to the team. The Prime Minister has conveyed his congratulations.”

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his congratulations on the launch conducted by the state-run Indian Space Research Organisation which was carried live on news channels.

Modi went further to say:

”This remarkable feat by ISRO is yet another proud moment for our space scientific community and the nation. India salutes our scientists.”

ISRO twitter handle @Isro tweeted after the launch of the satellites signaling its success.

PM Modi is bullish on India’s space programme and has repeatedly praised the efforts of scientists who three years ago pulled off a low-cost mission to send a probe to orbit Mars that succeeded at the first attempt.

ISRO’s low prices attracted international customers to launch 75 satellites last year from Sriharikota in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.

So far, ISRO has put 226 satellites in orbit, including 179 from foreign nations and the remaining 45 national satellites.