The US President Donald Trump’s top spymaster nominee, Dan Coats has said that he was ‘shocked’ to know that India successfully launched over 100 satellites in one go, asserting that America cannot afford to be seen lagging behind. “I was shocked the other day to read that India, on one rocket launch, deposited more than 100 satellites in space,” says former Senator Dan Coats during his confirmation hearing for the position of Director of National Intelligence. He further asserted that the US cannot afford to be seen lagging behind.
“They may be small in size with different functions and so forth but one rocket can send up, I think it was 104 platforms,” said Coats, who if confirmed would be in-charge of all major American intelligence agencies including the CIA.
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. Over the past two decades, India has successfully become a key player in the lucrative commercial space market offering low-cost alternatives. This was ISRO’s first space mission for the year 2017, and the most complicated mission it has ever carried out.