ISRO launched its workhorse PSLV C-37 today, Wednesday February 15, 2017, at 9:28 in an unprecedented feat of carrying 104 satellites along to minimise the launch cost and emerge as the competitive player in commercial space launch journey. The mission was successfully accomplished by 10:05 AM and ISRO Chairman AS Kiran Kumar congratulated all the scientists for the historic feat in space.
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Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) took off exactly at 9:28 a.m. from SHAR, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, with a payload of nanosatellites, 88 of them San Francisco-based Planet Labs Inc. and others by private companies and universities in Israel, Kazakhstan, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates.
Even the UAE’s Nayif satellite that scheduled to be launched on SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, which went up in flames in September last year, will be taken aboard by the ISRO mission today. India’s CartoSat-2D, weighing 714 kg is the heaviest satellite among the 104 and the UAE’s is lightest at 1.1 kg.
Last time, in 2014, Russia’s Dnepr mission carried 33 satellites and created a record that would be broken today with ISRO’s 104, which may take time before other space agencies try to exceed. ISRO’s own record was in 2016 when it launched 20 satellites and put them in their respective orbit.
The PSLV-C37 is ISRO’s 39th flight and 16th flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration (with the use of solid strap-on motors). The co-passenger satellites comprise 101 nano satellites, one each from Israel, Kazakhstan, The Netherlands, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and 96 from United States, besides 2 Nano satellites from India, with a total weight of 1378 kg.
PSLV-C37 also carries two ISRO Nano satellites (INS-1A and INS-1B), as co-passenger satellites. These two satellites carry a total of four different payloads from Space Applications Centre (SAC) and Laboratory for Electro Optics Systems (LEOS) of ISRO for conducting various experiments.
The 101 International customer Nano satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangements between Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), a Government of India company under Department of Space (DOS), the commercial arm of ISRO and the International customers, said ISRO in a statement.