Thursday, 16 February 2017

India puts record 104 satellites into orbit, in one go

India has successfully put a record 104 satellites from a single rocket into orbit on Wednesday, in the latest triumph for its famously frugal space agency, officials announced.

Scientists gathered for the launch in the south­ern spaceport of Sriharikota burst into applause as the head of India’s Space Research Organisa­tion (ISRO) announced all the satellites had been ejected.

“My hearty congratulations to the ISRO team for this success,” ISRO director Kiran Kumar told
scientists who had gathered at the observatory to watch the progress of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi im­mediately congratulated the scientists for the suc­cessful launch which smashes a record previous­ly held by Russia.

The rocket took off at 9:28am (03:58 GMT) and cruised at a speed of 27,000km per hour, ejecting all the 104 satellites into orbit in around 30 minutes, according to ISRO.

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