At 9.28 AM today, PSLV-37 successfully lifted off from Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota. Indian Space Research Organisation sets a new record by launching 104 satellites from seven countries into the orbit weighing 1378 kgs in total.
ISRO surpassed its own record of sending 20 satellites. However, the previous world record is held by Russia when it send 37 satellites in 2014. But India is way ahead of Russia when it comes to launching of satellites in a single mission.
PSLV first launched the 714 kg Cartosat-2 Series satellite for earth observation, followed by the INS-1A and INS-1B, after it reached the polar Sun Synchronous Orbit. It then went on to inject 103 co-passenger satellites, together weighing about 664 kgs, in pairs.
In this mission, ISRO scientists used the XL Variant – the most powerful rocket – earlier used in the ambitious mission of Chandrayaan and during the Mars Orbiter Mission.
Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi congratulated ISRO on twitter. He tweeted “This remarkable feat by @isro is yet another proud moment for our space scientific community and the nation. India salutes our scientists.”
President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee also congratulated ISRO on this remarkable success. He tweeted “This day shall go down as a landmark in the history of our space programme”.
This is a proud moment for India and its citizens. The precedent set by ISRO will always be cherished in the history of space missions over the world.
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