The Indian Space Agency ISRO successfully placed in orbit a record 20 satellites from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota, today morning.
The rocket launch took place at 9.26 am and successfully completed all its stages within 26 minutes.
It is the highest number of satellites India has put in space at one go, though Russia holds the record for launching 37 satellites in a single launch in 2014. Most of the satellites will enter the orbit to observe and measure parameters in the Earth’s atmosphere, while others aim to provide services for amateur radio operators.
“Each of these small objects that you are putting into space will carry out their own activity, which is independent of the other, and each of them will live a wonderful life for a finite period,” Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman A.S.Kiran Kumar told NDTV.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the 20-satellite record as a “monumental accomplishment”, tweeting that “our space programme has time and again shown the transformative potential of science & technology in people’s lives”.
Kudos to ISRO!
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