India breaks world record with simultaneous launch of 104 satellites

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India breaks world record with simultaneous launch of 104 satellites

"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. Previously, no one has dared to address such a courageous launch.

India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, personally supervised the country's efforts in the area, seeing an affinity between a scientific outlook and the rational, secular worldview he hoped to impose on a nation riven by caste and religious divisions.

This mission was successfully carried by the workhorse rocket of India - PSLV-C37. It weighs around 714 Kg and covers almost half space of the vehicle.

Along with the two satellites of ISRO and other 101 worldwide superfine (nano) satellites to be launched, which also has a total weight of 664 kilogrammes.

There were also 3 Indian satellites, one India's indigenously built earth observation satellite and two nanosatellites of ISRO -- INS-1A and INS-1B. With three Indian ones aboard too, the rest of the satellites belong to Israel, Kazakhstan, the UAE, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Thus, the PSLV-C37 was carrying out an overall weight of almost 1500 Kgs.

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The feat was achieved by ISRO yesterday morning when the PSLV-XL rocket with a height of 44.4 meters and weight of 320 ton, broke free of the earth's gravitational pull. Following the separation of the two Nano-satellites, all the 101 satellites were deployed in a successful manner.

104 satellites were released into space within 18 minutes, each traveling at the speed of over 27,000 km per hour which is 40 times the speed of an average passenger airline. Later, ISRO had launched only 20 satellites in a single mission in the year 2016. That's how many satellites it launched into space with its PSLV rocket - more than any other launch vehicle on the planet, ever.

Over the past two decades, India has become a key player in the lucrative commercial space market offering a low-priced alternative. ISRO has finally launched the PSLV-C37 into the orbit.

This trebles the previous record payload previously launched by the Russian space agency Roscosmos, which launched 37 satellites.

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