Indian space agency ISRO has created history today by launching 104 satellites in a single mission today. Out of 104 satellites only 3 were Indian and 101 were foreign and smaller satellites. Previous record was held by Russia for launching 37 satellite in a single mission in 2014.
The vehicle used by the space agency was Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) for the mission. It carried a 714 kg main satellite for earth observation and 103 smaller “nano satellites” which weighed a combined 664 kilograms.
The launch was “another success for the Indian Space Research Organisation, which is rapidly gaining a reputation globally for its effective yet low-cost missions,” The Washington Post said, noting that India has already sent up dozens of satellites, including 20 at once last year.
Satellite launch is considered as a multi-billion dollar market and many big players like NASA, RFSA and private players like Spacex are fighting hard to attract launches from smaller countries with innovative and cost efficient technology.