Watch: India launches record-breaking 104 satellites from single rocket
Friday 17/February/2017 - 11:26 AM
India’s space agency has announced the successful launch of a record-breaking 104 nano satellites into orbit، all onboard a single rocket.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) said the milestone launch، from the Sriharikota space centre in the country’s south، overtook the 2014 Russian record of 37 satellites in a single launch.
On board was a 714kg satellite for earth observation and more than 100 smaller satellites weighing less than 10kg each. Three were Indian-owned، 96 were from US companies، and the rest belonged to companies based in Israel، Kazakhstan، the Netherlands، Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates.
Most were owned by Planet Labs Inc، a US-based Earth-imaging company.
The feat did not require vastly new technology، but rather reflects the shrinking size and weight of modern satellites.
After reaching a height of about 505km، the satellites will separate from the launch vehicle at different times، angles and velocities to avoid collisions.
India’s prime minister، Narendra Modi، hailed the launch on Twitter as an “exceptional achievement”.