India to launch 103 satellites in a single rocket mission next montH

The Indian Space Agency ISRO is all set to make a world record by launching the most number of satellites in one go. As per the reports, ISRO is gearing up for launching 103 satellites in February this year, a feat which no space agency across the globe has achieved. The total of 103 satellites consists of 100 foreign satellites and three satellites from India.

Scientists at ISRO will use their most reliable rocket —  PSLV-C37 to lift up the satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh and complete the milestone next month.

“We are making a century by launching over 100 satellites at one go,” S. Somnath, Director of the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), told a plenary session on the second day of the ongoing Indian Science Congress.

Previously The TeCake reported that ISRO was about to launch 83 satellites in one go which included 80 foreign satellites and three Indian satellites in January. However, the Indian space agency has made addition of 20 more foriegn satellites and have postponed the launch for a month.

“These international customer satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangement between them and Antrix Corporation Ltd., the commercial arm and PSU under the ISRO,” Jitendra Singh in Loksabha last month.

All the 100 foreign satellites belong to Israel, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Switzerland, and the US. The collective weight of foreign satellites will be nearly 500kg. The three Indian satellites are Cartosat-2 series weighing 730 kg as primary payload, INS-IA and INS-1B, totally weighing 30 kg.

ISRO made it best attempt in June this year when it launched 20 satellites using PSLV-C34 rocket from Sriharikota. ISRO has also launched 10 satellites simultaneously back in 2008.

Till date, ISRO has launched over 50 foreign satellites. By lifting up 80 foreign satellites in one go, Indian space agency will improve its own record for lifting the maximum number of foreign satellites. In addition, Indian space agency will hit the century of foreign satellite launches.

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