WION New Delhi, Delhi, India
Feb 15, 2017, 04.36 AM
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched a record 104 satellites in one go from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, on Wednesday morning.
India has become the first country to successfully carry so many satellites in a single mission, surpassing Russia which launched 39 satellites in a single mission in June 2014.
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, AFP reported.
The rocket took off at 9:28 am (0358 GMT) and cruised at a speed of 27,000 kilometres (16,777) per hour, ejecting all the 104 satellites into orbit in around 30 minutes, according to ISRO.
The rocket's main cargo was a 714-kilogram satellite for earth observation but it was also loaded with 103 smaller "nano satellites", weighing a combined 664 kilogrammes, according to AFP.
Nearly all of the nano satellites are from other countries, including Israel, Kazakhstan, The Netherlands, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and 96 from the United States.
Last June, India set a national record after it successfully launched a rocket carrying 20 satellites, including 13 from the US.