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ISRO Launched 104 Satellite Successfully! Set A New World Record

PSLV 37 lift off moment. Credit: ISRO
ISRO just launched PSLV-C37 successfully, carrying 104 satellites on the go from its launch site Satish Dhawan Space center at Shriharikota, India. ISRO is now holding the world recored of sending maximum satellites on the go. Before this launch the Russian Space Agency was holding the record with 37 satellites.

PSLV-C37 / Cartosat-2 series Mission Lift off Normal as expected.

— ISRO (@isro) February 15, 2017

ISRO, the only space agency, is able to send space satellites using much much less cost than other space agencies all over the world.

We are congratulating ISRO for achieving such a milestone!

Another Lift off view of  PSLV-C37. Credit: ISRO

More images related to this mission can be found here.

Full time-table of mission (from start to end) ~

All the times below are to be considered in IST (Indian Standard Time)
  • 9:28 am: PSLV takes off at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.
  • 9:30 am: Scientists confirm first stage of lift off completed.
  • 9:31 am: Heat shields separated from the PSLV, second stage going through smoothly.
  • 9:32 am: Scientists at ISRO says launch going as per plan so far.
  • 9:33 am: Second stage of launch completed successfully; third stage begins.
  • 9:36 am: Eight minutes since lift off; PSLV-C37/Cartosat2 Series satellite in fourth stage. Satellite engines switched on.
  • 9:39 am: Satellite continues to gain altitude; performance so far normal, indicating a successful launch.
  • 9:41 am: PSLV has crossed about 4180 km since it launched.
  • 9:44 am: ISRO chairman AS Kiran Kumar among those at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota watching the record satellite launch.
  • 9:46 am: Engines switched off; PSLV reaches orbit.
  • 9:47 am: Cartosat 2 and India’s nano satellites separated from launch vehicle.
  • 9:48 am: Remaining nano satellites being separated from launch vehicle in pairs.
  • 9:50 am: Plus 22 minutes since lift off; launch normal so far.
  • 9:57 am: Close to half an hour since lift off; flight status normal.
  • 10.00 am: All 104 satellites successfully launched; India makes history.
  • 10:01 am: ISRO chariman AS Kiran Kumar announces success.
  • 10:02 am: Our team came up with a unique separation system, says Kumar.
  • 10:04 am: ISRO chairman AS Kiran Kumar says Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed his congratulations.
  • 10:05 am: Countdown time was the shortest launch time for PSLV missions. This was the most complicated space mission, says ISRO.
    • 10:25 am: Satellite director Sadananda Rao said solar panels of the Cartosat-2 satellite were deployed, and the command centre in Bengaluru has taken control of it.

    The Confirmation & Congratulations to ISRO ~

    PSLV-C37 / Cartosat -2 Series Mission Successfully Launched all 104 Satellites

    — ISRO (@isro) February 15, 2017

    Congratulations to ISRO on the successful launch of PSLV – C37, carrying a record 104 satellites PresidentMukherjee

    — President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) February 15, 2017

    Congratulations to @isro for the successful launch of PSLV-C37 and CARTOSAT satellite together with 103 nano satellites!

    — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 15, 2017

    This remarkable feat by @isro is yet another proud moment for our space scientific community and the nation. India salutes our scientists.

    — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 15, 2017

    Congratulations to @isro, Launched 104 Satellite Successfully! Set A New World Record via @AkashGangaMag

    — AkashGanga Magazine (@AkashGangaMag) February 15, 2017

    Before a decade ago, ISRO was dependent on other country’s space agencies for sending their own satellites, Now the proud moment has been achieved that ISRO is sending other country’s satellites with their PSLVs. This is a really great moment. We always have the finest mathematicians in India, our perfect calculation leads us towards the achievements like this. Our missions can’t be failed.  We’re very much proud to be an Indian! Yes! we’re THE INDIAN. Make in India initiative has just began! Let’s celebrate this moment and looking forward to the upcoming missions.

    Source: Doordarshan, ISRO

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