Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) made the 15th of February 2017 historical by launching a record 104 satellites into space. This is the highest number of satellites ever launched in a single mission. These satellites also included India’s Earth Observation Satellite and other 101 satellites belonged to international customers like Israel, Kazakhstan, The Netherlands, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and the US, and A whopping 96 satellites are from the US alone.
These satellites were launched on the ISRO’s trusted Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C37. It was its 39th mission and it took off in the morning at 9:28 AM IST from the spaceport of Sriharikota, Andra Pradesh.
The first satellite to be let off was India’s very own Cartosat-2 series satellite, which is a high-resolution satellite made to monitor at a resolution of less than a meter. This will enable India to keep a bird’s eye view on the subject of observation.
As the satellites took off, ISRO Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar announced, “All 104 satellites successfully placed in orbit. My hearty congratulations to the entire ISRO team for the wonderful job they have done”.
Ajay Lele from ISRO said that “This is a significant step for India. This entire launch will last for 28 minutes…It is a four stage mission. The first satellite will go in the 17th minute followed soon by two nano satellites by India. Later 96 satellites will be placed in their orbits.”
INS-1A and INS-1B are the two Indian nano-satellites which carry a total of four different payloads from Space Applications Centre (SAC) and Laboratory for Electro-Optics System (LEOS) of ISRO for conducting a number of experiments in the outer space.
The most significant thing about this launch is the number of satellites that were on PSLV-C37. Compared to the successful launch of 37 satellites by Dnepr launcher of Russian Space Agency in June 2014 in one go, India became the first country in the history of the mankind to launch 104 satellites in a single rocket. It was also significant for ISRO for launching 23 satellites in one rocket in June 2015.