India’s ISRO on Wednesday morning successfully launched record 104 satellites, including CARTOSAT-2 series weather observation satellite, in a single mission onboard PSLV-C37 rocket.


The PSLV-XL variant rocket standing 44.4-metre tall and weighing 320 ton was lauched at 9.28 a.m. The earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series weighs 714 kg. The 103 co-passenger satellites comprise 101 nanosatellites, one each from Israel, Kazakhstan, The Netherlands, Switzerland, the UAE and 96 from the US, as well as two nano satellites from India.

The total weight of all the satellites carried onboard is about 1,378 kg. By the 28th minute of the rocket’s mission, all the 104 satellites would be put into orbit.

“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 said, preferring anonymity.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee congratulated the ISRO team for the successful launch of 104 satellites and creating a world new record.


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