ISRO sets record: PSLV launches 104 satellites in one go

Sarah Carter
Sarah Carter

16 February 2017


Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)'s workhorse rocket PSLV created a record by launching 104 satellites in a single mission from the space centre at Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

India is currently providing the cheapest services in the $5.4 billion satellite launching industry, compared to other countries and private players.

ISRO already an achiever of extraordinary feats has outdone itself and Russia which previously held the record for the most satellites launched in a single mission- which is 37 – in 2014.

Last June, ISRO had sent up 20 satellites in one go, its personal best. It is using the same rocket this time — the XL version of the popular Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), to push the boundaries of efficiency and effectiveness in space launches.

Of the 104 satellites it launched, 101 belonged to the other countries, including the US (96), the Netherlands (1), Switzerland (1), Israel (1), Kazakhstan (1) and the UAE (1).

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the scientists for successful launch, saying "this remarkable feat has made India proud".

With yesterday's successful launch, the total number of customer satellites from abroad launched by India’s workhorse launch vehicle PSLV has reached 180.