On Feb 15, India wrote its name in golden words by launching 104 satellites all at one go. It’s a big achievement and is achieved for the first time in the world space history. This launch was conducted at Sri Hari Kota space center located in Andhra Pradesh.
Important facts related to launching of 104 Satellites:-
- The total no. of satellites launched were 104 in numbers.
- These satellites were launched using PSLV, the oldest reliable launch vehicle which the country owns.
- All of the satellites were successfully placed in orbit after a flight of 16 minutes 48 seconds to be specific. PSLV ensured that these satellites are launched very near to the orbits decided for them.
- Out of these 104 satellites, 46 were Indian spacecraft. All these spacecraft equipped with IRS (Indian Remote Sensing Satellites).
- The entire satellite contains a total of 1378 kgs.
- PSLV is the satellite which was used as the launcher vehicle. A previous version was used when they launched Chandrayan-1 in the year 2008.
- They launched the XL-Variant which is the most powerful rocket launcher which can carry heavy satellites easily.
- This entire project became successful under the guidance and supervision of project director B. Jayakumar at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Center.
- The PSLV C32 carried 104 satellites out of which 2 were primary satellites, 101 international satellite and two own nanosatellites namely INS-1A & INS – 1B.
- The mission behind the launch of the satellite is to do the earth observation at once.
- Out of the 104 satellites, 88 belonged to a small start-up company called Planet They call these small satellites as Dove.
- Catrosat – 2 satellite’s objective is especially to monitor the activities of India’s neighbor like Pakistan and China keeping a bird’s eye on these countries.
- Out of these 104 satellites, the owner countries are Israel, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and UAE as well.
- The achievement once again proved the strength of Indian science and technology by registering a next to possible task in the field.