India, first country to launch 104 satellites at once - PSLV-CS37
By MEHER ONISA : 15-Feb-2017
SRIHARIKOTA: The Indian Space Research Organisation ISRO has set a historic record by launching all the 104 satellites from a standalone Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C37 that propelled to the sky from the Sriharikota spaceport based in Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday morning at 5:28 AM.
Immediately after 18 minutes of its departure, the workhorse PSLV-C37 space shuttle had seamlessly released all the satellites into space. Ninety-six of the tiny satellites named as ‘Dove constellation’ belonged to Planet Inc, a US, San Francisco-based company. The Doves were designed for imaging the earth at the lowest cost. The rest of the satellites were associated with Israel, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, UAE.
The 44.4 meters long rocket weighing 320 tons was lifted to the sky from ISRO’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre or Sriharikota launch center based in Andhra Pradesh. The vessel was accelerating with a speed of over 27,000 km per hour which is 40 times faster than the speed of an average passenger jet.
On this occasion, PM Narendra Modi had felicitated the panel of the Indian scientists for successfully carrying the Cartosat2 Series satellite mission. He said: ‘this remarkable feat has made India proud.’
The recent mission was ISRO's second superb attempt. Back in June 2015, ISRO had scaled a record of launching 23 satellites in one go.
The Russian Space Agency in 2014 had shooted 37 similar satellites to the sky at one time.