India’s space research organisation ISRO created history today by launching 104 satellites successfully into the orbit in one launch by Isro’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) . By doing so, India has created a world record , replacing the Russian space agency’s 37 satellite launch of 2014 in a single rocket.
The countdown for the launch of PSLV-C37/Cartosat2 Series satellite mission began at 5:28 AM on Tuesday after the Mission Readiness Review committee and Launch Authorisation Board gave its approval for lift off, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said.
Out of the total 104 satellites placed in orbit, 101 satellites belonged to six foreign countries.96 were from the US and one each from Israel, the UAE, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Kazakhstan.
ISRO scientists have used the XL Variant ,the most powerful rocket previously
used in the Chandrayaan and during the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM).
Images from the satellite will be used for cartographic applications, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps, change detection to bring out geographical features and various other land information system (LIS) and geographical information system (GSI) applications.
At around 10 am ISRO chairman AS Kiran Kumar who was present in Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota watching the record satellite launch congratulated his team “This was a very enjoyable mission. I congratulate the team. We faced many challenges before we accomplished this mission”.
Prime minister Narendra Modi also congratulated ISRO for the success.
Congratulations to @isro for the successful launch of PSLV-C37 and CARTOSAT satellite together with 103 nano satellites!
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 15, 2017
The Indian Feed congratulates ISRO for its amazing feat and adding one more feather in the cap of India!
You make us proud ISRO!
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