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Isro flies high, launches 104 satellites in one go

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | A RAGU RAMAN
Published Feb 16, 2017, 2:12 am IST
Updated Feb 16, 2017, 2:19 am IST
In the space of 10 minutes, the rocket has emitted 101 nanosatellites into their orbits.
Space agency Indian Space Research Organisation successfully launching a record 104 satellites, including India’s earth observation satellite on-board PSLV-C37/Cartosat2 Series from the spaceport of Sriharikota on Wednesday. (Photo: AP)
 Space agency Indian Space Research Organisation successfully launching a record 104 satellites, including India’s earth observation satellite on-board PSLV-C37/Cartosat2 Series from the spaceport of Sriharikota on Wednesday. (Photo: AP)

Sriharikota: The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) on Wednesday created a new world record by successfully launching 104 satellites in a single rocket from Sriharikota.

The PSLV–C37 rocket with 104 satellites weighing 1,378 kg lifted-off from the first launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 9.28 a.m. After a flight of 29 minutes, the rocket placed primary satellite Cartosat-2 and 103 co-passenger nano-satellites into their designated orbits.

 

The Russian Space Agency held the record for most satellites as it launched 37 satellites in a single mission in 2014. Previously, Isro had launched 20 satellites in a single mission in June 2016.

In the space of 10 minutes, the rocket has emitted 101 nanosatellites into their orbits. The satellites were packed as quart pack - each pack consisting four nanosatellites. They were released in the gap of 4 to 10 seconds to avoid collision. Subsequently, the satellites were released from the quart packs as well.
As there are no ground stations, the scientists have to wait for six more minutes to confirm the separation of the satellites. After the confirmation, the mission control room erupted in joy.

 

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