India launches record 104 satellites in single mission

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A handout photo made available by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on 15 February 2017 shows the fully integrated PSLV-C37 seen with a Mobile Service Tower at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, India, 13 February 2017India has created history by successfully launching 104 satellites on a single mission, overtaking the previous record of 37 satellites launched by Russia in 2014.

All but three of the satellites are from foreign countries, most of them from the United States.
The launch took place from the Sriharikota space centre in east India.

Observers say it is a sign that India is emerging as a major player in the multi-billion dollar space market.

"This is a great moment for each and every one of us. Today we have created history," project director B Jayakumar was quoted as saying by the Reuters news agency.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the first to congratulate the scientists tweeting, "This remarkable feat by @isro is yet another proud moment for our space scientific community and the nation. India salutes our scientists."

The phrase "world record" has also been trending on Twitter India for much of Wednesday morning.

Of the 104 small satellites, 96 belong to the United States while Israel, Kazakhstan, the United Arab Emirates, Switzerland and the Netherlands are the other foreign clients.

A majority of the satellites have earth-imaging capability and belong to a US company named Planet.
An Indian cartographic satellite, believed to be capable of taking high resolution images is also on board. It is expected to be used to monitor regional arch rivals Pakistan and China. (BBC)

  Comments - 13

  • saran Wednesday, 15 February 2017 07:03 PM

    India better to focus on building roads and toilets than these kind of unnecessary high tech. first low tech development should be archived for better day to day life of Indian people

    Gamarala Wednesday, 15 February 2017 09:53 PM

    pigs always jealous on india

    TN guy Thursday, 16 February 2017 03:02 AM


    johnJmes Thursday, 16 February 2017 03:38 AM

    I note that India has started to build the last of 50,000 homes in Sri Lanka for Sri Lankans at 900,000RPS each unit, they check on every stage, hence in less than three years they have done it. what have so say corrupt mp/ pms has done? are not sri lankan? you let Indians build them and moan? You always take the aid but how about starting to do something yourself? 69 years of ? Dependance, not independance....

    johnjames Thursday, 16 February 2017 03:40 AM

    Perhaps if you stopped taking Indian aid and every other countries aid you could complain!!! Is your christmas tree finished?

    tarzan Wednesday, 15 February 2017 01:50 PM


    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 15 February 2017 02:12 PM

    Congratulations India. Be silent and humble about your achievements one step at a time.

    save Thursday, 16 February 2017 05:50 AM

    This tells all about yourself.In Sri Lanka no toilets and no space missions.The problem with Sri Lankan is they are dependent on someone even for a toilet tissue

    save Thursday, 16 February 2017 05:52 AM

    Agreed!!!I think they should add JEALOUSY to education curriculum.I have never seen a nation like Sri Lankans who are full of hate and jealousy.Trust me.SL won't a developed nation ever !!!

    save Thursday, 16 February 2017 05:55 AM

    Sri Lanka is proudNo professionalismHighest uneducated rateHighest road side killingnation that never allows a pedestrian to cross the roadHonking if someone is waiting to cross a roadHighest alcohol consume rate in the worldHighest drug usage in the worldZero production in the worldNo shame to ask for a loan from Somalia evenThe list can go on

    Mandy Wednesday, 15 February 2017 02:26 PM

    We cannot get ahead becos of jealousy. Anything good is opposed for various reasons by interested parties with narrow ideas and not for the common good.

    kaboos Thursday, 16 February 2017 03:07 PM

    Congratulations and best wishes keep it up and help us with your technology at least to launch one satellite

    Sofia Thursday, 16 February 2017 06:18 PM

    We have a satellite sent by ChiChi offspring of MR with Chinese help. Of course no one knows where it is now.

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