ISRO successfully launches PSLV-37 carrying 104 satellites
The bar was previously set by Russia in 2014 when it launched 37 satellites in a single mission
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Wednesday set a new record in launching satellites, as it has successfully launched the PSLV-37 rocket, which will put into orbit a record 104 satellites from seven countries, at 9.28 am from the spaceport at Sriharikota, The Indian Express reported.
Using the time-tested and popular Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), ISRO will be surpassing its personal best of sending up 20 satellites in one go.
The bar, however, was previously set by Russia in 2014 when it launched 37 satellites in a single mission.
88 of the 104 satellites are owned by US-based company Planet. Each satellite measures 10cm x 10 cm x 30cm and weighs about 4.7 kg.
It is also carrying a Cartosat-2 series satellite that will be used for a producing high-resolution images of the Indian landmass.
The XL version of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) that is being used in the launch has 100 per cent success rate.
It debuted in 2008 to send India’s first lunar probe the Chandrayaan-1. Wednesday's launch was PSLV-XL’s 15th space mission. In terms of overall mission success rate of the ISRO, they haven’t failed since 2010.