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Isro launches record 104 satellites

17 February 2017

Indian Space Research Organisation scripted history by successfully launching a record 104 satellites, including India's earth observation satellite, on a single rocket from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. Of 101 co-passenger satellites, 96 belong to US, five from global customers of ISRO - Israel, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, respectively. "The successful launch is yet another feather in the cap of India's ambitious space programme that has earned a reputation of offering a reliable low cost alternative to existing worldwide players", it said. In what was the thirty-ninth launch of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), the organization deployed 104 satellites into orbit. The space agency's trusted workhorse PSLV-C37 took off in the morning at 9:28 am from Sriharikota space centre with 104 satellites among them 101 satellites belongs to global customers. It established India's credibility as a space power and has translated into tangible economic benefits when it comes to the big business of satellite launches. "India's political and social philosophy is worth pondering", it reads. "India salutes our scientists", he said. "This remarkable feat by @isro is yet another proud moment for our space scientific community and the nation". The satellites were released every few seconds from a single rocket as it traveled at 17,000 miles an hour.

Union Ministers Arun Jaitley, Nirmala Sitharaman, M. Venkaiah Naidu, Manohar Parrikar and Suresh Prabhu were among the politicians expressing their joy in Twitter over the feat achieved by the ISRO. India has received widespread recognition for the success of its space programmes such as the Chandrayan and Mission Mars. "Ek hi baar mein poore Ek Sau Chaar (104 in just one go)".

"However, the space technology race is not mainly about the number of satellites at one go".

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"There is no Indian astronaut in space and the country's plan to establish a space station has not started", said the editorial, and added that India doesn't have powerful enough rocket engines for long-term exploration. Earlier, the Russian Space Agency had the record of successfully launching 37 satellites.

Abhishek Bachchan, with the hashtag #ProudIndian, tweeted: "And ISRO gives us yet another reason to hold our heads up high".

Isro launches record 104 satellites