Proud moment for India as ISRO creates World Record by successfully launching 104 satellites through its Polar Satellite Launch vehicle (PSLV) in a single mission! Out of the total 104 satellites placed in orbit, 101 satellites belonged to six foreign countries. They included 96 from the US and one for each Israel, the UAE, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Kazakhstan.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) shot off 104 satellites into space through its Polar Satellite Launch vehicle (PSLV) in a single mission, which is a world record. No space agency has launched such a large number of satellites in a single flight.
Here are interesting facts about the mission:
1. Out of the 104 satellites placed in orbit, 3 of them are the Indian satellites and 101 are foreign and smaller satellites.
2. The space agency used the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) for the launch. It carried a 714 kilogram main satellite for earth observation and 103 smaller “nano satellites” which weighed a combined 664 kilograms.
3. Most of the nano satellites are from other countries, including the US and one for each Israel, the UAE, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Kazakhstan.
4. ISRO beat the record held by Russia, which in 2014 catapulted 37 satellites in a single launch, using a modified inter-continental ballistic missile.
5. Last June, India set a national record after it successfully launched a rocket carrying 20 satellites, including 13 from the US.