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Launch Alter: ISRO to Set 104 Satellites Afloat On 15th February 

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Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is all set to conduct its mega-launch event on 15th February this year. ISRO’s most awaited mega launch of 104 satellites at one go is scheduled to have an effect on 15th of the approaching month. By setting forth 104 satellites at one go, the India-based space agency will mark a new world record, a triumph that no other space agency has marked yet. Among 104 satellites, 101 are from foreign countries and the rest 3 are from India itself.

The Indian Space Research Organization has planned to bring its workhorse – the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle into play, for carrying the 104 satellites to space. When 101 smaller nan- satellites are designed by five countries including the U.S., Netherlands, Israel, Kazakhstan and Switzerland, three are designed in the home-grown lab. Scientists at ISRO, for conducting the launch event will employ their most reliable launcher rocket – PSLV-C37 for lifting up the satellites from the earth. The event will be conducted at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

If everything goes according to plan, ISRO’s mega-launch mission will mark a new world record of launching the highest number of satellites in one single move. The launch will deploy the most number of satellites and will go beyond the present record of Russia for sending 37 satellites into space in 2014 from a solitary Russian space launch vehicle. Earlier to the record of Russia, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recorded a new milestone for sending 29 satellites at one move in 2013.

According to B. Jayakumar, the mission director at ISRO, “Because of the concerned complexities, this mission is different from all other space launch missions.”

Commenting on the discussions of creating the record, Jayakumar said, “ISRO has never planned for any sort of records and the upcoming mission is no different. The agency is not conducting the mega-launch for creating any type of record. But we are aiming at the utilization of the overload aptitude obtainable on the PSLV.”

With the PSLV-C37 rocket, the satellites will have a mutual load of approximately 1,360 kilograms (1.36 tons). Due to the involvement of a large number complexities and diverse angles for each satellite, ISRO has planned a special launch strategy for the extra-large launch event.

As per the planning of ISRO, three satellites and the heaviest of the group which belongs to India will be alienated axially all along to the PSLV rocket, which will later be followed by the isolation of 81 satellites in a radial course, maintaining various angles of direction. After this, the remaining 20 satellites will be launched in a dissimilar succession that has already been practiced.

Previously ISRO announced to send off 83 satellites simultaneously, which involved 80 foreign satellites and three Indian satellites, back in January. However, due to the addition of extra 21 foreign satellites to the lot, the Indian space agency postponed the launch for another month.

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Dave, one of the associate writers at Science Examiner, has been taking care of all the space-related coverage. He loves to write about the latest happenings in space, and before joining Science Examiner, Dave was a part of the editorial board of a local magazine.

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