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India to launch record 104 satellites next week

India to launch record 104 satellites next week
SRIHARIKOTA, SEP 26 (UNI):- PSLV-C35 carrying eight satellites successfully lifts-off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, in Sriharikota on Monday. UNI PHOTO-66U

Bengaluru: India will create history by launching a record 104 satellites, including 101 foreign ones, on February 15 from Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh, an official said on Monday.

“We have tentatively decided to launch the satellites at one go around 9 a.m. into the sun-synchronous orbit, about 500 km above the earth,” the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) official told IANS here.

Of the total earth-observation satellites, three are Indian, 88 are from the US and the remaining are from Israel, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates.

“A 320-tonne rocket — Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C37) — will launch all the satellites with a combined weight of 1,500 kg, including the 650 kg remote-sensing Cartosat-2 and two nano-satellites (IA and IB) weighing 15 kg each,” the official said.

Though the Indian space agency had launched 20 satellites in one shot on June 22, 2016, the launch of 104 satellites will surpass the 37 satellites launch record set in June 2014 and 29 satellites launched by NASA in 2013.

IANS