Saturday, December 04, 2021

India launches more than 100 satellites into orbit

NEW DELHI -- India's space agency said it successfully launched more than 100 foreign nano satellites into orbit Wednesday, February 15, aboard a single rocket.

The Indian Space Research Organization (Isro) said the nano satellites, those weighing less than 10 kilograms (22 pounds), were sent into orbit on board its polar satellite launch vehicle in southern India.

The agency said the launching of the 104 satellites was a record, overtaking Russia's feat of sending 37 satellites in a single launch in 2014.

The nano satellites belong to various companies in the United States, the United Arab Emirates, Israel, the Netherlands and Kazakhstan, according to the Isro.

“All 104 satellites were successfully placed in orbit,” the Press Trust of India news agency quoted ISRO Chairman AS Kiran Kumar as saying. They included an Indian earth observation satellite.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that the “remarkable feat by Isro is yet another proud moment for our space scientific community and the nation.”

India has been striving to become a player in the multibillion-dollar space launch market, and has successfully placed light satellites into orbit in recent years. It hopes to eventually send astronauts into space.

In September 2014, India successfully guided a spacecraft into orbit around Mars. Only the United States, the former Soviet Union and the European Space Agency had been able to previously do that. (AP)

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