How ISRO launched 104 satellites in a single mission

ISRO's PSLV rocket carrying a record 104 satellites blasts off from Sriharikota on Wednesday.

Rakesh, CMD of Antrix Corporation Ltd, the commercial arm of Isro, says orders worth Rs 500 to Rs 600 crore have been received from worldwide customers.

The launch was carried out with a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), an expendable launch system developed by India specifically to get multiple satellites into orbit in a single rocket.

The co-passenger satellites comprised 101 nano satellites, one each from Israel, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the UAE and 96 from the U.S., as well as two nano satellites from India.

Whenever India achieves a scientific feat that has a global impact, the characteristic reaction of the West is to remind India of its large-scale poverty. ISRO has started taking on large-scale commercial projects to put satellites of other countries in space apart from its success in launching the Chandrayaan.

ISRO is planning to launch two satellites, including the one meant for the benefit of SAARC nations, in March and April this year. Many announced it a "century", a term used from cricket sports when a batsman scores 100 in one inning.

With the successful launch, the total number of customer satellites from overseas launched by India's workhorse launch vehicle PSLV has reached 180.




"I've long said that the real race is in Asia", says Joan Johnson-Freese, a professor and space specialist at the US Naval War College. The mission reinforces India's emerging reputation as a reliable and cost-effective option for launching satellites.

"Space technology race is not mainly about the number of satellites at one go".

Kher in his congratulatory tweet said: "India becomes the first country in the world to launch 104 satellites in one go". Of the 104, 101 are foreign satellites to serve worldwide customers as the South Asian nation seeks a bigger share of the $300 billion global space industry. Isro's Mars mission has only cost $73 million+, compared with Nasa's Maven Mars launch, which came in at a whopping $671 million. Three were Indian-owned, 96 were from U.S. companies, and the rest belonged to companies based in Israel, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates.

"India has created history by successfully launching 104 satellites on a single mission, overtaking the previous record of 37 satellites launched by Russian Federation in 2014".

"All 104 satellites successfully placed in orbit".

The technological apartheid against India has been an issue for India's science and technology establishment from the Cold War period. He added that the launch had commenced the planting of "India's flag not just in space, but also in this global market place".

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