ISRO scripts history, launches 104 satellites in a mission

Date: February 15, 2017

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Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C37) on Wednesday successfully placed a record 104 satellites, including the country's earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series, into the polar sun synchronous orbit.

The PSLV-XL variant rocket standing 44.4 metre tall and weighing 320 ton tore into the morning skies at 9.28 a.m. with a deep throated growl breaking free of the earth's gravitational pull.

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The mission allows ISRO to test the capabilities for multiple launches of small satellites by its PSLV, which has a payload capacity of more than 1,500 kilos.

It will be launched into a 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO).ISRO said the co-passenger satellites comprise 101 nano- satellites, one each from Israel, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and 96 from United States of America (USA), as well as two from India.

The two Indian nano-satellites are ISRO's INS-1A and INS-1B.

INS-1A and INS-1B will carry a total of four different payloads from Space Applications Centre (SAC) and Laboratory for Electro Optics Systems (LEOS) of ISRO for conducting various experiments, the space agency said.

Last year, ISRO had launched a record 20 satellites at one go.

The highest number of satellites launched in a single mission is 37, a record that Russia set in 2014.

The US space agency, NASA has launched 29.

The 101 international customer nano-satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangements between Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), the commercial arm of ISRO and the international customers.