India broke a world record after launching 104 satellites in a single mission

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India has created history by successfully launching 104 satellites on a single mission, overtaking the previous record of 37 satellites launched by Russia in 2014.
 
Out of the 104 satellites, around 100 were from foreign countries, including 96 from the United States. Israel, Kazakhstan, the United Arab Emirates, Switzerland and the Netherlands are the other foreign clients.

 

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The launch took place from Sriharikota space centre in south India. Some observers consider it as a sign that India is emerging as a major player in the multi-billion dollar space market.
 


 
“This is a great moment for each and every one of us. Today we have created history,” project director B. Jayakumar was quoted as saying by the Reuters news agency.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the first to congratulate the scientists with a series of tweets.
 


 


 


 
The hashtag “world record” has also been trending on Twitter India for much of Wednesday morning.
 
A majority of the satellites have earth-imaging capability and belong to a US company named Planet. An Indian cartographic satellite, believed to be capable of taking high resolution images, is also on board. It is expected to be used to monitor regional arch rivals Pakistan and China.
 
The successful launch is yet another feather in the cap of India’s ambitious space programme that has earned a reputation of offering a reliable low cost alternative to existing international players. Over the past two decades, India has become a key player in the lucrative commercial space market offering a low-cost alternative.
 
The Indian government has increased the budget for its space programme this year and also announced plans to send a mission to Venus.

 

 

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