Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will again enter the history books today with the launch of record 104 satellites from the spaceport of Sriharikota on Wednesday morning.
India will become the first ever country in the world to achieve this monumental success in the intensifying space technology.
The workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle will carry nano-satellites from seven countries when it takes off at 9:28 a.m. from Sriharikota.
The countdown for the launch of PSLV-C37/Cartosat2 Series satellite mission have begun soon after the Mission Readiness Review committee and Launch Authorisation Board gave its approval for lift off. ISRO said that its scientists have commenced filling of the propellant for the rocket.
ISRO’s trusted Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C37 will be launching 104 satellites on its 39th mission mostly belonging to different nations.
These 104 satellites will be utilized to map the Earth and track ships to monitor illegal fishing and piracy. These will also be used to conduct microgravity experiments without making an expensive trip out to the International Space Station. The heaviest of them is India’s CartoSat-2D, weighed 714 kilograms and the lightest is the Nayif weighted just 1.1 kilograms.
The ISRO’s PSLV will first launch the 714 kg CARTOSAT-2 Series satellite for earth observation and later on inject the remaining 103 satellites, together weighing about 664 kg at lift-off into polar Sun Synchronous Orbit, about 520 km from Earth.
Out of 101 co-passenger satellites, 96 belong to USA, and one each from Switzerland, Israel, Netherlands, Kazakhstan, and United Arab Emirates.