ISRO scales 104 heights: How worldwide media reported it

The Planet has launched its 15th Dove satellites on Wednesday and is planning to launch the second batch into the space on India's PSLV rocket.

Infrastructure major Larsen & Toubro today said its Aerospace business unit played a critical role in ISRO's record mission of launching of 104 satellites from Sriharikota.

The daunting feat saw India beating Russian Federation, which launched 39 satellites in one go in 2014.

The spectacular feat was captured by high-resolution cameras fitted on the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle or PSLV, which is India's workhorse rocket.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during the SAARC summit at Nepal in November 2014, had announced launching of a SAARC satellite as a gift for the benefit of members of the regional grouping in various fields, including telecommunication and telemedicine. PSLV first launched the 714 kg CARTOSAT-2 Series satellite for earth observation and then injected 103 co-passenger satellites, together weighing about 664 kg at lift-off into polar Sun Synchronous Orbit, about 520 km from Earth.

Of the 104 satellites, 101 satellites were from global clients.

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The data from these satellites will allow "humanity would be able to have a significant positive impact on numerous world's greatest challenges", Planet said.

Out of the 101 co-passenger satellites onboard, a total of 96 belong to U.S. alone, five are from global customers to ISRO, which include Israel, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, respectively.

Proud to be an Indian, Big B posted on Twitter. Last June, India set a national record after it successfully launched a rocket carrying 20 satellites, including 13 from the US.

The launch's success has solidified India as a player in private space market as the demand continues to grow for telecommunications services. It is an incredible step for the country's space programme. However, for China the sheer scale of investment in space is what matters. India is entranced with world records, and Wednesday's satellite dispatch provoked a rush of celebratory crowing, some of it went for Asian opponents. "It shows the sophistication of India's space program", Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, head of the Nuclear and Space Policy Initiative at the Observer Research Foundation, said before the launch.

"We want to enable the Indian space ecosystem". "On the whole, India's space technology still lags behind the US' and China's". The Global Times article mentions that India's space technology still lags behind that of USA and China and has not yet confirmed a complete system.

  • Toni Ryan