The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scripted a new record in space by successfully launching 104 satellites in one go from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, on Wednesday.
With the launch of this, ISRO’s first space mission in this year kickstarted. The mission, to be the most complicated mission it has ever carried out was congratulated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee for the historic event that significantly boosts India’s space programme.
The space agency began the countdown for the launch of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)’s 39th flight on Tuesday after the Mission Readiness Review committee and Launch Authorisation Board gave its approval for lift off, ISRO said. The PSLV-C37/Cartosat2 Series satellite mission included the primary satellite (Cartosat-2) and 101 international nano satellites. It also launched two of its own nano satellites, INS-1A and INS-1B. 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 kg, in pairs.
ISRO scientists used the XL Variant – the most powerful rocket – earlier used in the ambitious Chandrayaan and during the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM).
By this the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) breached another barrier in innovation in technology setting a world record by a big margin. There have been other efforts backed by the Indian government towards various innovations in technology, including Aadhaar, National Stock Exchange (NSE), National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), or National Securities Depository Limited. Interestingly, National Dairy Organisation in Karnal was the first to create an IVF buffalo and clone a buffalo, which got recognised the world over for cheap technology.
Prime Minister took to twitter to wish the new world record of ISRO. He wrote, “Congratulations to @isro for the successful launch of PSLV-C37 and CARTOSAT satellite together with 103 nano satellites!,” the Prime Minister said in a tweet.
“This remarkable feat by @isro is yet another proud moment for our space scientific community and the nation. India salutes our scientists,” he said.