It was 9:28 am, when at the Sriharikota platform in the southeast of the country, the most recent record of satellites in orbit was achieved on a single mission. In total, 104 satellites were sent to space, a number that beats the previous record of Russia that, in 2014, had launched into space 39 satellites simultaneously.
“The PSLV-C37 / Cartosat-2 Series successfully launched the 104 satellites,” were written by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on the Twitter social network, about half an hour after starting the mission.
Fired from the Sriharikota platform, the Polar rocket is equipped with a first Earth observation satellite that weighs about 714 kilos. This large satellite is joined by 103 more nano satellites, with a total weight of 664 kg. These 103 nanosatellites are not only the responsibility of India, with countries like the United States, Israel, Kazakhstan, Switzerland, Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates to participate in this mission. Only the US will send 96 nanosatellites.
The launch of commercial satellites into space has become an appealing business in recent years. The mission launched today wants to beat the previous record, reached in 2014 by Russia with the sending of 39 satellites, but also trying to position itself more ahead in this space race.
And the amounts involved in this race are also skyrocketing. In 2013, by sending an unmanned rocket to Mars, India spent something like 69 million euros. And the country does not want to stay here. For the future, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) already has plans to move forward with missions to Jupiter and Venus.
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