Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

ISRO Breaks Russia's Record by Sending 104 Satellites in a Single Rocket

ISRO Breaks Russia's Record by Sending 104 Satellites in a Single Rocket

With the launch of over 100 satellites, India has now broken the record of Russian Federation, which previously accomplished the feat of launching record number of satellites at 37, followed by the USA space agency NASA, which has launched 29.

According to The Economic Times in India, ISRO announced that it had broken all previous payload records with the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C37).

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 two Indian nano-satellites are ISRO's INS-1A and INS-1B.

ISRO commenced the countdown for the mission at 5:28 AM just after the Mission Readiness Review committee and Launch Authorisation Board gave its approval. India's space agency - ISRO has created a history by launching 104 satellites in a single rocket into the earth's orbit. But it can not carry communication satellites weighing more than 2,000kg into space.

ISRO Satellite Centre Director M. Annadurai said the agency planned another mission later this year to launch 100 satellites.

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But before the satellites start sending imagery back to Earth, the company first needs to correctly position each one to guarantee maximum data-gathering efficiency. Later, in the year 2016, ISRO had launched only 20 satellites in a single mission. Satellite launches happening in pairs will be recorded on-board, then transmitted after to Sriharikota.

Afterward, the mission control center said that the mission had been successful. "Spoke to the Secretary, Department of Space and congratulated him & the entire team of scientists on today's exceptional achievement".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the launch in a series of tweets.

With its breakthrough launch of 104 satellites, India grabs a big pie piece of the lucrative commercial market of space.

Isro scientists say that the intention was to maximise payload and vehicle capacity and not the numbers of satellites.

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