India successfully launched into orbit 104 satellites record
Indian launch vehicle PSLV-C37 successfully placed into orbit the satellite record 104, according to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).
The rocket was broadcast live on local media
The rocket was launched at 09.28 local time in the plan (06.58 MSK). After 17 minutes after the flight began satellites placed in orbit, which took place in several stages. The entire mission lasted about half an hour.
ISRO President Kiran Kumar confirmed the successful completion of the mission. "PSLV-C37 successfully placed into orbit 104 satellites all I congratulate the entire ISRO team for this achievement." - He said at a press conference.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Indian scientists. "This is a landmark achievement of ISRO - another reason for pride for our space science community and the nation of India salutes our scientists." - Wrote Modi in his microblog on Twitter.
This launch was a record for the global space industry in the number of satellites launched simultaneously. on this indicator record previously belonged to Russia, which is also put into orbit 37 satellites in 2014. The United States launched 30 satellites simultaneously. The latest development in this area of India dated 22 June 2016, when ISRO successfully launched into orbit 20 satellites.
The main cargo was the Indian satellite Cartosat-2, which weighs about 714 kilograms. It is designed to monitor the Earth's surface. Cartosat-2 separated from the rocket first flight over 17.5 minutes and was launched into sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of about 505 kilometers. He became the fourth Indian satellite of the series, launched into orbit. The service life of this type of satellites is five years.
The remaining 103 are satellite nanosatellites (weighing 1-10 kilograms), of which only two Indian - INS-1A and INS-1B. The vast majority of satellites owned by US private company Planet Labs, based in San Francisco. Its satellites called Dove (4,7 kilograms each), intended to capture the Earth's surface.
Another American company - Spire Global - launched with the help of eight nano-satellites Lemur Indian missile, designed to track the movement of ships. Another one nano-satellites belong to Israel, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates. The total weight of all the satellites totaled 1378 kg. | RIA Novosti