Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched the PSLV-37 rocket which put in to orbit a record 104 satellites from seven countries.This was ISRO’s first space mission for the year 2017, and the most complicated mission it has ever carried out. The mission is significant for the country as it enabled 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.
The PSLV-C37 standing 44.4 metre tall and weighing 320 ton tore into the morning skies at 9.28 a.m. breaking free of the earth’s gravitational pull. After that all satellites were successfully placed in orbit. The PSLV vehicle first launched Cartosat-2 and later 103 of its co-passengers were put into polar Sun Synchronous Orbit which is at a distance of about 520 km from the earth. By the 28th minute of the Rocket’s mission, all 104 satellites were put into orbit.
This is a remarkable feat that no other country has done before. Another proud moment for our space scientific community and the nation. India now becomes the first country to write history after launching the 104 satellites in a single rocket. For those who missed this historic moment, or those want to watch it again see it here.
So far ISRO has launched 226 satellites out of which 179 are from foreign nations. GSLV MkII and then Mk III… a series of launch activities are planned this year also, that means we have many exciting events coming… Wishing all the success in the future projects.