The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) today created a world record of launching into space 104 satellites weighing 1378 kgs in a single mission.
This includes the country’s earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series. There are 3 Indian satellites and 101 foreign nano satellites including from countries like Israel, Kazakhstan, The Netherlands, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and the US.
ISRO created a world record by surpassing the earlier record held by Russia, which in 2014 catapulted 37 satellites in a single launch, using a modified inter-continental ballistic missile.
It is to be noted here that ISRO is making progress by leapss and bounds after it set in last June,a national record after it successfully launched a rocket carrying 20 satellites, including 13 from the US.
In 2013 ISRO shot off an unmanned rocket to orbit Marsat a cost of just $73 million, compared with NASA's Maven Mars mission which cost them a whopping $671 million. ISRO is planning for a second mission to Mars in 2021-2022 and there are plans to put a robot on the Red Planet.