President Mukherjee, PM Modi congratulates ISRO for successfully launch of 104 satellites

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) broke a record previously held by Russian Federation on Wednesday when it launched 104 satellites during a single space mission. The heavy duty rocket PSLV C37 carrying will lift off at 9:28 am from Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. This is the thirty eighth consecutively successful mission of PSLV. In Wednesday's mission, the total weight of all the 104 satellites flown was 1,378 kg. The achievement is significant as it had last launched 23 satellites in one go in June 2015.

The PSLV-C37 rocket launched by ISRO carries satellites from many different countries as part of Antrix Corporation Limited's deals with the operators of these satellites.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated ISRO on successful launch of PSLV-C37 and CARTOSAT satellite together with 103 nano satellites. "India salutes our scientists", Modi tweeted.

Scientists at India's southern spaceport of Sriharikota applauded as the head of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced that all the satellites had been deployed into orbit on Wednesday. We are very proud of the record launch of 104 satellites.

Two of India's nano satellites - INS-1A and INS-1B - weighing about 30kg, were also injected to accompany bigger satellites on the PSLV. On board were a total of 103 nanosatellites consisting of 96 from the usa, two from India, and one each from the Netherlands, Kazakhstan, Switzerland, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates.

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. Seventeen minutes later, the rocket started placing the satellites into orbit, one by one with a time-frame of about 11 minutes.

The Cartosat-2 series satellite is similar to the earlier four satellites of the Cartosat-2 series.

Kiran Kumar also said that ISRO was enabling the MARS Orbiter Mission to survive a long eclipse duration after which it would function for at least 2-3 years unless "we encounter any more difficulties".

  • Tracy Ferguson