The Indian rocket PSLV-C37 on Wednesday successfully put into orbit a record 104 of the satellite, according to Indian space research organization (ISRO).
As noted by RIA Novosti, the launch was broadcast live Indian media. After 17 minutes after the launch began the withdrawal satellites into orbit, which was held in several stages. The entire mission lasted almost half an hour.
President ISRO Kiran Kumar confirmed the successful completion of the mission. «PSLV-C37 successfully put into orbit, all the satellite 104. I congratulate the entire ISRO team for this achievement», – he said at a press conference after the launch.
Prime Minister Narendra modi congratulated Indian scientists on the successful launch.
This launch was a record for the world’s space industry by the number of satellites launched simultaneously. The previous record for this indicator belonged to Russia – 37 satellites in 2014. The US launched 30 satellites at the same time. The latest achievement of India in this area dated June 22, 2016, when ISRO has successfully put into orbit 20 satellites.
The main cargo was an Indian Cartosat-2 satellite, which weighs about 714 pounds and is designed to monitor the Earth’s surface. Cartosat-2 was separated from the rocket first, after 17.5 minutes of flight and was put on heliosynchronous orbit at an altitude of about 505 miles. He became the fourth Indian satellites in this series launched into orbit. The service life of this type of satellites is five years.
The remaining 103 satellites are nanosatellites (1-10 kilograms), of which only two Indian – INS and the INS 1A-1B. The vast majority of satellites, 88, owned by the same company – American private company, Planet Labs, based in San Francisco. Her companions called Dove (4.7 kg each), designed to capture the surface of the Earth.
Another American firm – Spire Global is launched using Indian launch of eight nano-satellites Lemur, is designed to track the movement of ships.
Other nanosatellites belong to Israel, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Switzerland, UAE, reports ISRO. The total weight of all the satellites amounted to 1378 pounds.
In December 2016, the Times of India reported that it is planned in the framework of this programme the launch of two Israeli satellites – a student Pico-satellite Sat BGU University Ben-Gurion weighing 1 kilogram and satellites to medical experiments of the Pharma Space.
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