India successfully puts record 104 satellites into orbit

IANS
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

India on Wednesday morning created a world record by successfully putting into orbit 104 satellites, including the country's own Cartosat-2earth observation satellite .

"One hundred and four satellites have been put into orbit," Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar said soon after the launch, congratulating the space agency's team on its success.

Exactly at 9.28 a.m. the PSLV-XL variant rocket standing 44.4 metres tall and weighing 320 ton tore into the morning skies with fierce orange flames at its tail.

Gathering speed every second, the rocket raced towards the heavens amidst the cheers of the ISRO officials and the media team assembled at the rocket port here.

At the rocket mission control room, ISRO scientists were glued to their computer screens watching the rocket escaping the earth's gravitational pull.

Around 28 minutes into the flight, the rocket completed its birth 'karma' slinging all the 104 satellites into their intended orbits as per the scheduled sequence.

The PSLV rocket is a four stage rocket alternatively powered by solid and liquid fuel.

The Cartosat-2 satellite weighs 714 kg and has a mission life of five years.

"The Cartosat satellite is the fourth one in the Cartosat-2 series of earth observation satellites. Already three are in the orbit and two more will be launched. Once all the six Cartosat-2 series satellites are launched the Cartosat-3 series would begin," an ISRO official told IANS, preferring anonymity.

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

The total weight of all the satellites carried on-board is about 1,378 kg.

Out of the total 226 satellites launched by ISRO with its PSLV rocket, 179 satellites were for foreign customers, said Project Director Jayakumar.

According to P. Kunhikrishnan, Director of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) three more launch missions are slated this year.

Multiple satellite launches with a PSLV rocket is not new for ISRO, having launched 20 satellites on June 22, 2016.

However on Wednesday ISRO surpassed the 37 satellite launch record set by a Russian rocket on June 19, 2014.


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Indian 3
Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2017

Dr Fatema A, what you wrote is 1000% true.
I remember very well TOI published news article in 2010 that UPA government has given ISRO green light to proceed with commercial satellite launcher design for multiple satellite in one shot.
Modi bhakts are fools who thinks ISRO is founded by MODI.

Ushma Sindhi
Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2017

Mr Modi has boosted our country very well and we are protesting in front of our embassy for minor issue like salary to shrinkage our country name.

Indian2
Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2017

@Dev agree with you to the core. Everything happening in India is linked to politics. Dr. Fatema please leave ISRO out of politics. It's the top best people who gets the opportunity to work there (wish I was so intelligent and fortunate) and is one of pride organization in India. Neither NDA or UPA or any 'A" s for that matter should take credit. For god sake, separate them please, Dr. Fatema with your qualifications, hopefull you understand and start thinking big. Proud to be an Indian, respect our constitution.

Onk
Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Surly Mr.Modi has boosted the organizations very well.

Onk
Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Surly Mr.Modi has boosted the organizations very well.

chan
Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Congratulations! ISRO for the successful launch of 104 satellites into orbit.
I am proud to be an Indian.

Syed Zakir Husain
Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Congratulations! ISRO for the successful launch of 104 satellites into orbit.
I am proud to be an Indian.
Jai Ho!

Raju T Mathew
Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017

CONGRATULATIONS
A BIG SALUTE TO ALL

phanii
Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017

congrats mr modii,,

Ballu Sallu
Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017

I wonder why fellow Indians are crying for petty things like blood fee test etc etc..

Indian
Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Badi Badi Batein
Bik Mangke Khatey

Dev
Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017

@ Dr Fatema A. Are you a doctor of UPA government supporter in Kuwait. How do you know this mission was planned 4 years before by UPA government. This mission was not planned by any UPA or NDA government. This was planned by ISRO itself with experienced and qualified scientist and technical staff. People like you want to include politics in each and every thing happening to India.

B & B
Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Waste of public money .
70 % population do not have toilet & this false proud.
We came here beggars to do all menial work as too much caste/reservation policy there.

Dr.P.Kumar
Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Of all the things ISRO had done, I particularly salute this one, because they have scripted a history Congratulations! Jai Hind!

Deepak
Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Congratulations to our dedicated scientists. Feeling proud

Indian
Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Congratulations to all ISRO scientists...We are proud of you. Thanks to Govt. of India.

Mani
Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017

It is really a great achievement / proud of India, I Salute ISRO / all the participant for the success.

Dr Fatema A.
Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Cosmic Leap for ISRO. Congratulations ISRO.

Bhakts please do not say this is bcoz of MODI. Project was launched during UPA govenment time.

Dev
Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Proud to be an Indian, Congrats and thanks to all ISRO scientist and technicians for this achievement. Jai Hind . Fellow Indians please don't include politics in this. This is our achievement, our Indians achievement.

Imtiaz
Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Congrats to ISRO and all Indians for world record achievement.
Proud to be indian.

Kyo
Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Credit will go to hard working people of ISRO or Mr. PM as usual...??

Hary Paul
Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Contratulations to ISRO for the wonderful feat of achievement. You all have made India proud and deserve the praise and respect from all.
Now, we would be eagerly waiting for our next mission to Moon land rover plying on the lunar surface.
God bless ISRO and God bless India.

On Looker
Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017

ISRO - India's shining star in the sky. Congratulations for the rare achievement and world record.

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