ISRO's Record Launch of 104 Satellites on Single Rocket Set for Wednesday

Tomas Mccoy
February 14, 2017

"We have tentatively made a decision to launch the satellites at one go around 9 a.m. into the sun-synchronous orbit, about 500 km above the earth", an Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) official told IANS.

The news of the inter-planetary journey comes as ISRO is gearing up to put 104 satellites into orbit in a single launch on 15 February using its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).

The scientists who were involved in the prestigious satellite project, offered prayers for the successful launch of PSLV-C37 tomorrow, temple sources said.

Of the 104 satellites, only three are Indian and remaining 101 are foreign ones. Russian Federation holds the current record of 37 satellites.

As for India's first trip to its other immediate neighbour, Venus, it is likely to be a modest orbiter mission, the report further stated. Additionally, Watkins has revealed that considering the little understanding about the said planet, NASA would definitely be willing to collaborate with India's maiden voyage to Venus.

After the huge success of its first unmanned mission to the red planet called the Mangalyan, ISRO has been planning on exploring the two neighbourhood planets Mars and Venus for some time now. ISRO is going to get a major gain from this satellite in terms of launch capabilities and finances earned from launching the payload of other countries.

C37 will carry the 714 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation along with 103 co-passenger satellites.

"The co-passenger satellites comprise 101 nano satellites, one each from Israel, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and 96 from United States of America, as well as two nano satellites from India".

Closer to home on its 39th launch India's workhorse rocket the PSLV will lift off carrying 1378 kg of robots to be deployed in space. One is Cartosat 2 and others are nanosatellites.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy (3rd-R) and First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy (4th-R) speak with Indian officials as they visit a 'white room, ' where the Franco-Indian Megha-Tropiques satellite is built, at The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) satellite centre on December 4, 2010 in Bangalore, India.

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