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Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Science | By Guadalupe Butler

How Twitter reacted to successful launch of 104 satellites

How Twitter reacted to successful launch of 104 satellites

India has set a new benchmark in launching satellites in a single mission, as the country's elite Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) successfully sent 104 satellites into orbit on Wednesday (15 February).

With the launch of this, ISRO's first space mission in this year kickstarted.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) aims to launch a record 104 satellites, from seven different countries, into orbit today.

The collision of the satellites at such a speed could have destroyed everything, but the launch of the satellites went perfectly according to the plan and predictions by ISRO.

Earlier, the highest number of satellites launched on a single mission by ISRO was 20 satellites in June 2016, on board PSLV C34.

The rocket first put into orbit the 714-kg Cartosat-2 Series satellite, followed by the co-passengers - Isro's INS-1A and INS-1B, and 96 nano satellites belonging to two U.S. companies, and one each from Israel, Kazakhstan, The Netherlands, Switzerland and the UAE.

Earth-mapping Cartosat 2 series satellite is the main satellite in the group which weighs around 714 kg.

PSLV is carrying three Indian satellites, 96 small satellites of US, and one each are from the space agency's global customers Israel, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Switzerland and United Arab Emirates.

Though the launch involved a record number of satellites, it did not require any major technological leap on the part of ISRO. "Once all the six Cartosat-2 series satellites are launched the Cartosat-3 series would begin", an ISRO official said. This was their first mission of the year, and now we wonder what's next? He said it was a proud moment for the nation.

"All 104 satellites were successfully placed in orbit". So far, Russian Federation had the record of sending most satellites in the space. "India salutes our scientists", he said. The space agency's trusted workhorse PSLV-C37 took off in the morning at 9:28 am from Sriharikota space centre with 104 satellites among them 101 satellites belongs to global customers.

"It is one of the toughest missions we have handled", he added.

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