India Space Research Organization (ISRO) achieved the record of being the first country to send 104 satellites into space in one operation, using PSLV-37 rocket.
For a total of 104, Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-37 (PSLV-37) carried the satellites, which came from different countries, naming:
- 1A INS (India)
- 1B INS (India)
- 88 Dove satellites (USA)
- 8 LEMUR satellites (USA)
- 1 BGUSat (Israel)
- 1 Al-Farabi (Khazakhstan)
- 1 PEASSS (Netherlands)
- 2 DIDO (Switzerland)
- 1 Nayif (UAE)
Each satellite weighs about 4.7kg with a measure of 10cm x 10cm.
The launching took place at Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh spaceport at 9:28am on February 15. Scientists have also installed Cartostat-2 satellite which is said to be capable of taking pictures in high resolution.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated on his twitter account,
“This remarkable feat by @isro is yet another proud moment for our space scientific community and the nation. India salutes our scientists.”
It is said that the mission overpassed the Russian record of sending off 37 satellites into space in 2014.