India smashes satellite launch record

On June 22 2016, it had placed 20 satellites in orbit in a single shot which gave it confidence to raise the number of satellites it can fly.

India successfully launched 104 satellites in a single mission on Wednesday, setting a world record of launching the most satellites at one go, according to its space agency.

The milk carton-size satellites "entered a 500-km-high orbit, minutes after the launch", Libi Oz, a spokeswoman for the science ministry, said in a statement.

India's prime minister, Narendra Modi, also congratulated the ISRO for a successful launch. ISRO scientists have used the XL Variant - the most powerful rocket - earlier used in the ambitious Chandrayaan and during the Mars Orbit Mission (MOM). Cartosat-2 series being the main satellite which weighs around 1574.1 lbs, along with the 103 co-passenger satellites which together weighs around 1463.9 lbs.

With the launch of 104 satellites, ISRO has outdone itself and Russian Federation which previously held the record for the most satellites launched in a single mission, which was 37 back in 2014. The PSLV rocket carried a Cartosat-2 series satellite which is designed by India in order to keep an eagle eye over the earth. They successfully launched 104 satellites in 1 rocket today.

Of the 104 satellites launched, 101 were nano satellites of which 96 satellites were from the United States and one satellite each from Kazakhastan, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Israel and Netherlands.

Encouraging tweets from the President of India.

The 104 satellites also included India's earth observation satellite. Currently, ISRO has massive expectations that it could soon recover at least half of the total expenditure through their payments from the customers of foreign countries after the successful launch on Wednesday.

The primary satellite of the mission is Cartosat-2 series is the series first which is 714kg and is similar to other satellites. The Cartosat satellites are being launched to provide remote sensing services.

The two Indian nano satellites INS-1A and INS-1B were developed as co-passenger satellites to accompany bigger satellites on PSLV.

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