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ISRO: Indian rocket placed 104 satellite into orbit breaks record

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  • February 15, 2017

Indian launch vehicle PSLV-C37 on Wednesday successfully launched into orbit the satellite record 104, according to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). ISRO breaks the record of Russia previous satellite launch. ISRO indian rocket placed 104 satellite orbit

The rocket launch was broadcast live on the Indian media. After 17 minutes after the start began satellites placed in orbit, which took place in several stages. The entire mission lasted almost half an hour.

ISRO President Kiran Kumar confirmed the successful completion of the mission. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Indian scientists on the successful launch.

ISRO indian rocket placed 104 satellite orbit

This launch was a record for the global space industry in the number of satellites launched simultaneously. The previous record belonged on this indicator Russia – 37 satellites – in 2014. The United States launched 30 satellites simultaneously. The latest development in this area of India dated 22 June 2016, when ISRO successfully launched into orbit 20 satellites.

The main cargo was the Indian satellite Cartosat-2, which weighs about 714 kilograms and is designed to monitor the Earth’s surface. Cartosat-2 separated from the rocket first flight over 17.5 minutes and was launched into sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of about 505 kilometres. He is the fourth Indian satellite of the series, launched into orbit. The service life of this type of satellites is five years.

The remaining 103 are satellite nanosatellites (weighing 1-10 kilograms), of which only two Indian – INS-1A and INS-1B. The vast majority of satellites, 88 belong to the same company – the American private company Planet Labs, based in San Francisco. Its satellites called Dove (4.7 kilograms each), intended to capture the Earth’s surface.

Another American company – Spire Global – launched with the help of eight nano-satellites Lemur Indian missile, designed to track the movement of ships.

Other nanosatellites belong to Israel, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, according to ISRO. The total weight of all the satellites totalled 1378 kg.

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