Journal : People's Daily (English) Date : Author : NA Page No. : NA
URL : http://en.people.cn/n3/2017/0215/c90000-9178313.html

India’s workhorse rocket PSLV-C37 carrying a record 104 satellites. [File Photo: qq.com]

India on Wednesday created history by successfully launching 104 satellites in a single space mission, breakingtheprevious record of 37 satellites launched by Russia in 2014.

The satellites were launchedonboardPolarSatelliteLaunchVehicle (PSLV)-C37 fromthespaceportofSriharikotainthesouthernstateofAndhraPradeshat 9.28 a.m. localtimeandweresuccessfullyplacedintothepolarsunsynchronousorbit 28 minuteslater.

Outofthe 104 satellites, allbutthreewerefromforeigncountries.

ThemainpassengerwasIndia’s 714-kgEarth-mappingCartosat 2 seriessatellite, capableoftakinghigh-resolutionimages.

Atotalof 96 satellitesbelongedtotheUnitedStates, whileotherswerenanosatellitesfromIsrael, Kazakhstan, theNetherlands, SwitzerlandandtheUAE.

IndianPresidentPranabMukherjeeandPrimeMinisterNarendraModihavecongratulatedtheIndianSpaceResearchOrganization (ISRO) forthesuccessfullaunch.

“Nation is proud of this achievement, which has demonstrated, yet again, India’s increasing space capabilities. I urge ISRO to continue to strive for the progress of our space capabilities,” the Indian president said in a series of tweets.

Theprimeministertweeted: “Thisremarkablefeatby @isroisyetanotherproudmomentforourspacescientificcommunityandthenation. Indiasalutesourscientists.”

ThiswasISRO’ssecondsuccessfulattemptafterthelaunchof 23 satellitesinonegoinJune 2015.

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