Time and again, the people of India have done their country proud. Performing well in almost every field, from sports to technology, it is known throughout the world that Indians are hard- working and have the true capability to ace.
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched 104 satellites on February 15th, 2017 including Earth’s observational satellite, Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle(PSLV). They have set a world record by launching the highest number of satellites in a single mission.
At the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV- C37 first released Cartosat-2 series satellite, which has a lifespan of five years. It will be used for earth observation, especially to monitor Pakistan and China because of the hostile relations with India. It will also monitor coast land use and regulation, road network monitoring, water distribution and the creation of land use maps.
The space agency launched more than 100 foreign nano satellites, belonging to various foreign companies in the United States, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan and the Netherlands. These nanosatellites weighed less than 10 kilograms and were released to orbit their polar satellite launch vehicle in South of India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his heartiest congratulations, “This remarkable feat by @isro is yet another proud moment for our space scientific community and the nation. India salutes our scientists,” the tweet said.
The scientists at the Mission Control center broke into cheers, Chairman A S Kiran Kumar of ISRO announced: “All 104 satellites successfully placed in orbit. My hearty congratulations to the entire ISRO team for the wonderful job they have done.” He further added that ISRO was now enabling the MARS Orbiter Mission to survive a long eclipse time period after which it should function for minimum two to three years unless any more difficulty is encountered. “Now we are targeting GSLV MkII and then Mk III…a series of launch activities planned to ensure like last year this year also we have many exciting events coming”.
Ajay Lele, ISRO said “This is a significant step for India. This entire launch will last for 28 minutes…It is a four stage mission. The first satellite will go in the 17th minute followed soon by two nano satellites by India. Later 96 satellites will be placed in their orbits”.
India has beaten the record set by the Russian Space Agency which had launched 37 satellites in one go in 2014. The budget for the space program has been increased this year by the Indian Government. There has also been an announcement to send a mission to Venus.
India has proven itself to be a big player in the commercial space with low- cost alternates. It is truly a big achievement to be proud of.