India to launch 104 satellites in record mission

by Edisi Viral


HOME Posted on 14 Feb 2017 11:00:35


India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle would be carrying a 714 kilogram main satellite for earth observation and 103 smaller "nano satellites" which would weigh a combined 664 kilograms. - AFP Photo

India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle would be carrying a 714 kilogram main satellite for earth observation and 103 smaller “nano satellites” which would weigh a combined 664 kilograms. – AFP Photo

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NEW DELHI: India hopes to make history by launching a record 104 satellites from a single rocket Wednesday as its famously frugal space agency looks to zoom ahead in the commercial space race.

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The rocket is set to blast off from the southern spaceport of Sriharikota, India’s Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said in a statement on Tuesday.

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The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle would be carrying a 714 kilogram main satellite for earth observation and 103 smaller “nano satellites” which would weigh a combined 664 kilograms.

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Nearly all of the nano satellites are from other countries, including Israel, Kazakhstan, The Netherlands, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and 96 from United States, said the state-run ISRO.

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If successful, India will set a world record as the first country to launch the most satellites in one go, surpassing Russia which launched 39 satellites in a single mission in June 2014.

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The business of putting commercial satellites into space for a fee is growing as phone, Internet and other companies, as well as countries, seek greater and more high-tech communications.

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India is competing with other international players for a greater share of that launch market, and is known for its low-cost space programme.

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Last June, India set a national record after it successfully launched a rocket carrying 20 satellites, including 13 from the US.

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It sent an unmanned rocket to orbit Mars in 2013 at a cost of just $73 million, compared with NASA’s Maven Mars mission which had a $671 million price tag.

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ISRO is also mulling the idea of missions to Jupiter and Venus.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has often hailed India’s budget space technology, quipping in 2014 that a rocket that launched four foreign satellites into orbit had cost less to make than Hollywood film “Gravity”. –-AFP

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