In a proud moment, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to enter into records books when it will place 104 satellites in space in a single launch by Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) on February 15.
Currently, Russia holds the record of launching 37 satellites into space in a single launch.
According to the reports, the PSLV would be carrying 1378 kg of satellites to be deployed in space. It will be PSLV’s 39th launch. Of the 104 satellites, three will be from India and the largest chunk of over 90 88 is from the US.
The other foreign satellites are from Kazakhstan, the Netherlands and Switzerland. A majority of the satellites are for earth imaging.
Launch of PSLV-C37/Cartosat -2 Series Satellite is scheduled to be launched on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 @ 9.28 Hrs IST from Sriharikota pic.twitter.com/FkQX9iIxzL
— ISRO (@isro) February 11, 2017
According to the reports, in less than 600 seconds all 104 satellites will be released into space each travelling at a velocity of over 27,000 km per hour or at 40 times the speed of an average passenger airliner.
The first to be let off will be India’s high resolution Cartosat-2 series satellite made especially to monitor the south Asian region at a resolution of less than one metre.