Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Research | By Kayla Price

ISRO Sets World Record With 104 Satellite Rocket Launch

ISRO Sets World Record With 104 Satellite Rocket Launch

The feat was performed on the old reliable launch vehicle, the PSLV, numbered C-37, which took off from the first launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, at 9.28 a.m.

Of the 104 satellites launched, 101 were nano satellites of which 96 satellites were from the United States and one satellite each from Kazakhastan, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Israel and Netherlands.

The PSLV C-37 first placed the 714 kg CARTOSAT-2 Series satellite for earth observation and then ejected the two other Indian satellites weighing 30 kg each.

A successful record-breaking launch will go a long way towards setting ISRO's reputation in the sector and giving it a pre-eminent place in the global satellite services sector.

ISRO has used the heaviest version of PSLV in the mission.

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The Hindustan Times reported that overall the entire launch was carrying a satellite mass of about 1,378kg.

In June 2015, ISRO had launched 23 satellites at a go. The company says that, together with the 50 Doves that are already orbiting the globe, the newly launched probes now make up the largest fleet of satellites in human history.

The 101 worldwide customer nano satellites were launched as part of the commercial arrangements between Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), a Government of India company under Department of Space (DOS), the commercial arm of ISRO and the global customers.

The 101 global customer Nano satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangements between Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), a Government of India company under Department of Space (DOS), the commercial arm of ISRO and the worldwide customers, said ISRO in a statement. The rocket took off today morning from the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh and we are really proud of this achievement. So far, Russian Federation had the record of sending most satellites in the space. India put 20 in orbit in 2016, until now its biggest ever single launch. Of the total, all but three were from foreign countries, according to the broadcaster.

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