Satellites Launched in Single Mission

India launches record 104 satellites in single mission

"India launched a lunar probe in 2008 and ranked first among Asian countries by having an unmanned rocket orbit Mars in 2013", it reads.

Of the 104 satellites, 101 satellites were from global clients. With satellites becoming easier and cheaper to launch, though, some involved in the space program are anxious about a potential increase in space debris. The previous highest number of satellites launched by ISRO in one mission was 20 in June 2015. "Today's launch is a significant milestone in India's space history", he tweeted.

As reported by the Guardian, on Wednesday, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) used a single rocket to propel a 714kg satellite for Earth observation and 103 additional nano-satellites weighing less than 10kg each into space.

At the end of the 23-hour countdown, the shortest so far by Isro, the PSLV, on its 39th flight, blasted off from the first launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 9.28 am and soared into clear skies. And then there was the Mangalayaan mission - aka. the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) - which made history on September 24th, 2014, when it became the first probe to enter orbit around Mars on the first try. Of these, 96 were from the United States, and one each from Israel, Kazakhstan, UAE, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

Cartosat-2 Series, which is the primary satellite, will be similar to the earlier four satellites in Cartosat-2 Series.

In the coming days, the satellite will be brought to its final operational configuration following which it will begin to provide remote sensing services using its panchromatic (black and white) and multispectral (colour) cameras. Data from India's Cartosat-2 will help inform land-use maps, water resource mapping and road network monitoring. "A series of launch activities are planned this year also". "The Indians have reason to be proud", the daily said.

INS-1A carries Surface Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function Radiometer and INS-1B caries Earth Exosphere Lyman Alpha Analyser as payloads.

The satellites were placed in the polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) in a gap of about 30 minutes during a series of separations.

The Chief Minister said that by launching simultaneously 104 satellites into the orbit ISRO has demonstrated to the world the Indian capabilities in the space technology.

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