Bangalore: History of sorts was created when India’s premium space body Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) fired as many as 104 satellites in one go. ISRO sent all these satellites onboard a single rocket from Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh.
There are reports that the launch was a massive success and that it heralds a new era for India’s space industry. There are signs that ISRO’s capabilities have got the much needed moost that will enable it to compete with space biggies on level playing field.
It is needless to say that there was palpable enthusiasm across the country surrounding the launch. Indian Space Research Organization began the countdown for the launch of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)’s 39th flight on Tuesday after the Mission Readiness Review committee and Launch Authorisation Board gave its approval for lift off.
Congratulations to @isro for the successful launch of PSLV-C37 and CARTOSAT satellite together with 103 nano satellites!
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 15, 2017
— ISRO (@isro) February 15, 2017
Congrats to ISRO on the record breaking launch of PSLV–C37 with 104 satellites. A truly proud moment for India.
— YS Jagan Mohan Reddy (@ysjagan) February 15, 2017
Let's celebrate the success!
Congratulations to #ISRO on the successful launch of PSLV-C37, carrying a record 104 satellites?
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) February 15, 2017
#ISRO congratulations to the great Indian scientists who created Historical action by sending 104 satellites with one mission PLSVC37
— Md Shakeel Ahmed (@MdMs264) February 15, 2017
ISRO launching 104 satellites via one flight pic.twitter.com/HMHMbGCDjQ
— Ra_Bies (@Ra_Bies) February 15, 2017
tarun_gogoi: Congratulations to isro for successful launch of PSLV C-37 carrying 104 satellites. Nation feels proud of your success.
— Assam Congress (@WithCongAssamNE) February 15, 2017
— India TV (@indiatvnews) February 15, 2017
Reports suggest that PSLV first launched the 714 kg CARTOSAT-2 Series satellite for earth observation as was finely planned in advanced. It is said that it then injected 103 co-passenger satellites, together weighing about 664 kg at lift-off into polar Sun Synchronous Orbit, about 520 km from Earth.