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ISRO launches 104 satellites, sets a world record

SRIHARIKOTA: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) created world record on Wednesday by successfully launching 104 satellites in a single mission. The earlier world record was of 37 satellites held by Russian Space Agency.

The ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C37) took off on Wednesday morning at 9:28am from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota as scheduled.

The rocket started placing all 104 satellites into their designated orbits after seventeen minutes of its flight. Out of these 104 satellites, 101 satellites belonged to six foreign countries out of which 96 are from the USA and one each from Netherlands, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Israel and the UAE.

PSLV first released its main payload CARTOSAT- 2 series, India’s indigenously built earth observation satellite into its orbit and it was followed by two other nano-satellites of ISRO – INS-1A and INS-1B which are versatile and modular nanosatellite bus system envisioned for future science and experimental payload.

It then took less than 10 minutes for the rocket to launch the remaining 101 foreign nano-satellites, as it travelled up in altitude reaching the polar sun synchronous orbit.

The 664kg Cartosat -2 is equipped with panchromatic and multispectral cameras. Images from this satellite will be used for cartographic applications, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, utility management like road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps, change detection to bring out geographical and manmade features and various other land information system (LIS) and geographical information system (GSI) applications.

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has conveyed his congratulations to the impeccable ISRO team via twitter.

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