Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan and others tweeted their admiration and support for the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on its successful deployment of 104 satellites on a single rocket – the PSLV-C37.
Launched at 9:28 AM from Launch Pad 1 at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Shriharikota, the PSLV-C37 began its 39th mission. At 9:45 AM, the rocket began deploying the satellites one at a time with a time-frame of around 11 minutes.
The rocket first deployed its main payload which was India’s indigenously developed Earth observation satellite, the Cartostat-2. Next up were ISRO’s nanosatellites the INS-1A and INS-1B. These were the only here Indian satellites that were part of the launch, which included 96 satellites from the USA, one each from UAE, Israel, the Netherlands, Kazakhstan and Switzerland.
The remaining 101 satellites were unloaded in their orbits within 10 minutes.
The Cartostat-2 weighs 664 kg, and will be used for remote sensing and imaging purposes. Images from this satellite will have urban and rural development applications and cartographic applications as well. It will enable better road network monitoring, water distribution, change detection, etc.
The previous record was held by the Russian Space Agency, which deployed 37 satellites in a single launch in June, 2014.
A S Kiran Kumar, Chairman of ISRO, congratulated his team after receiving congratulations from PM Modi. Director at ISRO Satellite Centre Mayilsamy Annadurai said “We can also hit centuries like our cricketers. In another two months, the number of satellites built by Isro will reach 100. Besides GSLV missions, we have get Chandrayan – 2 ready for launch next year.”
Praise for ISRO’s achievement poured in from PM Modi and Bollywood celebrities, and Amitabh Bachcan ended his tweet with “..HOPE ONE DAY WE LAND ON MOON !”
Uday Chopra: “And we @isro launch a rocket with 104 satellites. India’s power continues to grow. Watch out world! This kind of news makes me happy.”
Diana Penty: “And @isro makes us proud once again. Congratulations on launching 104 satellites in 1 rocket! #ISRO #ProudMoment”
**Image taken with thanks from ISRO.