Indian PSLV Rocket Lifts Off With 104 Satellites 

15 Feb, 2017 10:35 IST|Sakshi
Tearing into the morning skies with a deep-throated growl .....

Scripting a new history of space science triumph, Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) on Wednesday morning lifted off successfully from the Sriharikota launch pad with a record 104 satellites, including the country's earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series.

The PSLV-XL variant rocket standing 44.4 metre tall and weighing 320 ton tore into the morning skies at 9.28 am with a deep-throated growl breaking free of the earth's gravitational pull. The earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series weighs 714 kg. The co-passenger satellites comprise 101 nano satellites, one each from Israel, Kazakhstan, The Netherlands, Switzerland, the UAE and 96 from the US, as well as two nano satellites from India. The total weight of all the satellites carried on-board is about 1,378 kg.

Conquering the space

By the 28th minute of the rocket's mission all the 104 satellites would be put into orbit. The PSLV rocket is a four stage/engine rocket powered by solid and liquid fuel alternatively.

ISRO Tweet proclaiming the record launch

"The Cartosat satellite is the fourth one in the Cartosat-2 series of earth observation satellites. Already three are in the orbit and two more will be launched. Once all the six Cartosat-2 series satellites are launched the Cartosat-3 series would begin," an ISRO official said.

Doing India proud
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