Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)
set a new record in space mission achievements after it successfully launched 104 satellites in one go from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, on Wednesday morning. This is the highest number of satellites launched ever. With the successful accomplishment of this mission, ISRO breaks Russia’s record.
The most complicated Misson Till Date by ISRO
It is the most complicated mission to date by ISRO, also it’s the first one of the year 2017.
Out of 104 satellites, 101 belong to international customers. The first to be let off was India’s high-resolution Cartosat-2 series satellite It will monitor activities of India’s hostile neighbours at a resolution of less than a meter. It will help in keeping a bird’s eye view on both Pakistan and China.
In its thirty-ninth flight (PSLV-C37), ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle successfully launched the 714 kg Cartosat-2 Series Satellite along with 103 co-passenger satellites today morning (February 15, 2017) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. This is the thirty-eighth consecutively successful mission of PSLV. The total weight of all the 104 satellites carried onboard PSLV-C37 was 1378 kg.
PSLV-C37 lifted off at 0928 hrs (9:28 am) IST, as planned, from the First LaunchPad. After a flight of 16 minutes 48 seconds, the satellites achieved a polar Sun Synchronous Orbit of 506 km inclined at an angle of 97.46 degrees to the equator (very close to the intended orbit) and in the succeeding 12 minutes, all the 104 satellites successfully separated from the PSLV fourth stage in a predetermined sequence beginning with Cartosat-2 series satellite, followed by INS-1 and INS-2. The total number of Indian satellites launched by PSLV now stands at 46.
After separation, the two solar arrays of Cartosat-2 series satellite were deployed automatically and ISRO’s Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) at Bangalore took over the control of the satellite. 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.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee congratulated Team ISRO for the successful launch.