It is a proud and historical moment for India as the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has created a world record by launching no less than 104 satellites in a single mission, thus breaking the record of 37 previously held by Russia.
The satellites were blasted off from Sriharikota of Andhra Pradesh. India has now become the first country to launch such a big number of satellites at one go.
Russia had set the record in 2014, followed by the US space agency NASA, which launched 29 satellites at once.
The 28-hour countdown for the launch began on Tuesday, which was the shortest for any PSLV ever. ISRO’s workhorse PSLV-37, on its 39th mission, carried the 104 satellites.
This mission was India’s second attempt. In first attempt, it had launched 23 satellites under single mission in 2016.
In this mission too, ISRO has launched the XL variant, India’s most powerful rocket, which was also used in the momentous Chandrayaan and during the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM).
Out of the 104 satellites that were launched on Wednesday, 100 belong to foreign nations, including some from the US, and rest of the 3 are made in India.