Russian World Record of 37 Satellites Broken by ISRO’s 104

A proud moment for India as ISRO’s PSLV C37 rocket creates history by successfully launching 104 satellites into the orbit

Fully integrated PSLV-C37 seen with Mobile Service Tower Credit: ISRO

History was created at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 9:28 a.m. on February  15, 2017. The PSLV C37 Rocket launched at 9:30 a.m. and a world record was created.

ISRO successfully launched 104 satellites into the orbit making Russian Agency’s earlier record of 37 satellite launch look like child’s play.

These 104 satellites are from six countries (one of which is India). The three satellites from India are the Carosat 2 series – the primary satellite and INS-1A and INS-1B are the other two.

These satellites will be operative at a sun-synchronous orbital height of 505 km.

Ninety six of these satellites are from the US. Of which 88 are from Dove Satellites and remaining 8 are from LEMUR satellites. BGUsat from Israel, Al-Farabi-1 from Kazakhstan, PEASSS from the Netherlands and Nayif-1 from UAE are part of the other payloads. 1378 Kg was the total weight of the payload carried by the PSLV C37 rocket.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the scientists after this successful launch.

The space exploration budget was increased by nearly 23 percent ($1.1 billion to $1.4 billion) by the government of India. ISRO also is looking forward to carry out a second mission to Mars and also a new one to Venus.