Sriharikota, February 13
Indian Space Research Organisation’s (Isro) workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will carry a record 104 satellites in a single mission at 9.28 am on February 15 from the space centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
Of these, three belong to India while the remaining 101 are from Israel, Kazakhstan, Netherlands and Switzerland.
The PSLV, in its 39th flight (PSLV-C37), will launch the 714kg Cartosat-2 series satellite and INS-1A and INS-1B, weighing 20 kg each.
ISRO will do the launch experiment in about an hour and half, for the first time ever breaking previous world records. The main satellite Cartosat will be launched 500 km away from the earth and the remaining 101 will be launched into orbit after crossing 630 km mark.
The scientists have arranged satellites in four boxes, 25 in each box and made arrangements so that they will get separated one after another. The entire process will take 90 minutes.
India had sent 20 satellites into orbit with one rocket on June 22 last year. Russia has created the biggest record by sending 37 satellites at one time in 2014. Now India is going to beat Russia by sending 104 satellites into space. Countdown for the launch will begin 48 hours earlier. There are chances for last minute changes due to environmental conditions.