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India’s space agency ISRO today scripted history by successfully launching a record 104 satellites, including India’s earth observation satellite on a single rocket.

This is the highest number of satellites ever launched in a single mission.

Sriharikota: People watch as as a rocket from Space agency Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) takes off successfully to launch a record 104 satellites, including India’s earth observation satellite on-board PSLV-C37 from the spaceport of Sriharikota on Wednesday. PTI Photo(PTI2_15_2017_000033B)
Sriharikota: People watch as a rocket from Space agency Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) takes off successfully to launch a record 104 satellites, including Indias earth observation satellite on-board PSLV-C37 from the spaceport of Sriharikota on Wednesday. PTI ‘Source: Indian Express

Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C37 blasted off at 9.28AM from the first launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre and first injected Cartosat-2 series satellite into orbit followed by the other 103 nano satellites, including 96 from the U.S, in a gap of about 30minutes.

As the scientists at the Mission Control centre broke into cheers, Indian Space Research Chairman A S Kiran Kumar announced: All 104 satellites successfully placed in orbit. My hearty congratulations to the entire ISRO team for the wonderful job they have done.”

Earlier, the Russian Space Agency had launched 37 satellites in one go. ISRO had earlier launched 23 satellites in a single mission in June 2015.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Team ISRO for the successful launch.

In today’s complex mission after the end of 28 hour countdown, the PSLV-C37 injected the 714 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite followed by the ISRO’s nano satellites INS-1A and INS-1B in an 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO).

This was followed by launch of the other 101 nano satellites of overseas customers in block in a series of separations.

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