The Indian Space Research Organization is all set to make a record by launching 103 satellites in a single shot, on a single rocket PSLV (C37) in February from its Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The mission will break Russia’s record of sending 37 satellites at one go.
With having only three satellites from India, the rest are from other countries. The launch will be a major achievement in India’s space history as no such operation on this large extent has been performed before.
In June 2016, ISRO launched 20 satellites in one go. It took around 26 minutes to launch all the 20 satellites. In 2008, ISRO launched 10 satellites in a single mission. The highest number of satellites launched in a single shot till now has been 37 by Russia in 2014. NASA launched 29 satellites in one go in 2013.
In the last week of January ISRO earlier had planned to launch of 83 satellites, of which 80 were foreign ones. But with the addition of 20 more foreign satellites, the launch was delayed by a week and will now take place in first week of February
Dr. K. Sivan, Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram, explained how all the satellites will be placed in their corresponding orbits, “The satellites will be separated from the launch vehicle in various directions. The time of separation and separation angle will be such that one satellite will not collide with another.”
Once the launch is successful Indian Space Research Organization will be the first space centre to do so also India will make a century by launching over 100 satellites at one go.