ISRO to Set A Record

In a major feat, India's space agency ISRO will launch a record 103 satellites at one go on a single rocket in the first week of February .

As India looks to grab a larger slice of the lucrative commercial space market, 100 of the 103 satellites set for launch by the Indian Space Research Organisation's workhorse rocket PSLV-C37 in February, will belong to foreign nations, including the US and Germany. The launch will take off from ISRO's Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

The space agency had earlier planned a launch of 83 satellites in the last week of January, of which 80 were foreign. But with the addition of 20 more foreign satellites, the launch was delayed by a week and will now take place in the first week of February. “These will be 100 micro-small satellites, which will be launched using a PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) C37. The weight of the payload will be 1,350 kg, of which 500-600 kg will be the weight of the satellite,“ Somnath added.

The launch will be a major feat in the country's space history as no exercise on this scale has been attempted before.

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