The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has recently created history by successfully launching a record 104 satellites in single mission. These satellites were launched on board of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C37, on its 39th mission from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
The mission beat the Russian 2014 record by a long distance, when it had catapulted 37 satellites in a single launch, using a modified inter-continental ballistic missile. Infact, India tripled the previous record for single-day satellite launches and establishing India as a “key player” in a growing commercial market for space-based surveillance and communication. It also broke ISRO’s previous national record set in June 2015, after it had successfully launched 23 satellites, including 13 from the US in single mission. ISRO scientists used the XL Variant – the most powerful rocket – earlier used in the ambitious Chandrayaan and during the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee congratulated the space agency for the historic event that significantly boosts India’s space programme. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted – “Congratulations to @ISRO for the successful launch of PSLV-C37 and CARTOSAT satellite together with 103 nano satellites!....This remarkable feat by @ISRO is yet another proud moment for our space scientific community and the nation. India salutes our scientists”.
Over the past two decades, India has successfully become a key player in the lucrative commercial space market offering low-cost alternatives. ISRO vision is to vision is to "harness space technology for national development", while pursuing space science research and planetary exploration and such remarkable feats indeed make achieve the vision. India, which became just the sixth nation to launch its own rocket in 1980, has long made space research a priority. This was ISRO’s first space mission for the year 2017, and the most complicated mission it has ever carried out.