16 February, 2017
ISRO's trusted vehicle PSLV-C37 (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C37) took off from the Sriharikota space center with the 104 satellites, of which about 100 satellites belonged to global customers. In the meantime, India's space program set a new world record this week by successfully launching 104 satellites in one mission.
Before India, it was Russian Federation holding the record of launching as many as 37 satellites in one go in 2014.
In PSLV's 39th flight, the PSLV-C37 carried 104 satellites and lifted off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota at 9.28am.
The rocket is carrying three satellites from India and 101 smaller nano-satellites including 96 from the United States and one each from Israel, Kazakhstan, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
The two nano satellites INS-1A and INS-1B are also placed in orbit. India has become the first country to script history by succeeding in launching the 104 satellites in a single rocket. Each of these satellites weighs around 5 Kg.
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The Times stated that the mission constituted the largest satellite constellation ever launched into space. All of the satellites were successfully put into orbit.
Cartosat-2 series satellite, with a mission life of five years, will send images that would cater to coastal land use and regulation, road network monitoring, distribution of water, creation of land use maps among others.
"Spoke to the Secretary of Department of Space and congratulated him and the entire team of scientists on (Wednesday's) exceptional achievement", Modi said. Interestingly, National Dairy Organisation in Karnal was the first to create an IVF buffalo and clone a buffalo, which got recognised the world over for cheap technology.
Isro officials have all along maintained that Wednesday's mission was not to break any record, but merely to utilise the additional capacity of PSLV. The Space agency made the country proud, for which it was commended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee. "India salutes our scientists", he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
Though the launch involved a record number of satellites, it did not require any major technological leap on the part of ISRO.