Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh), Feb 15: It's an epoch-making day for India. On Wednesday morning, Indian Space Research Organisation created a world record by successfully putting into orbit 104 satellites, including the country's own Cartosat-2 earth observation satellite.
"One hundred and four satellites have been put into orbit," ISRO chairperson AS Kiran Kumar said soon after the launch, congratulating the space agency's team on its success.
"Congratulations to @isro for the successful launch of PSLV-C37 and CARTOSAT satellite together with 103 nano satellites," PM Modi wrote on Twitter. "This remarkable feat by @isro is yet another proud moment for our space scientific community and the nation. India salutes our scientists," PM Modi added.
Similar words of encouragement were echoed by the President. "Nation is proud of this achievement, which has demonstrated, yet again, India's increasing space capabilities. This day shall go down as a landmark in the history of our space programme," President wrote on Twitter. "Congratulations to ISRO on the successful launch of PSLV - C37, carrying a record 104 satellites," added the President.
Exactly at 9.28 am, the PSLV-XL variant rocket standing 44.4 metres tall and weighing 320 ton tore into the morning skies with fierce orange flames at its tail, reported IANS. Around 28 minutes into the flight, the rocket completed its birth 'karma' slinging all the 104 satellites into their intended orbits as per the scheduled sequence.
The PSLV rocket is a four stage rocket alternatively powered by solid and liquid fuel.
The Cartosat-2 satellite weighs 714 kg and has a mission life of five years. "The Cartosat satellite is the fourth one in the Cartosat-2 series of earth observation satellites. Already three are in the orbit and two more will be launched. Once all the six Cartosat-2 series satellites are launched the Cartosat-3 series would begin," an ISRO official told IANS.
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