Gearing up to set a new world record by attempting a mega event of launching a record number of 104 satellites into space in a single space mission. Yes, you read it right, not one, two or three, exactly 104 satellites.
The government’s keenness in developing the country’s premier space agency can clearly be seen with increase of 23% in the department of space’s budget this year. The budget presented by Arun Jaitley on 1st February 2017 also has mentions of two provisions for Mars Orbiter Mission II and Mission to Venus.
No country has ever tried this kind of a launch which our talented team of ISRO is expected to initiate on 15th February 2017. The last world record is held by Russia which was in 2014, rocketed 37 satellites in a single launch using a modified inter-continental ballistic missile.
This second Indian mission to Mars is likely to be very beneficial since the first one had a nationalistic streak on it in trying to beat China to the orbit of Mars which the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) did magnificently. And, India’s maiden mission to Venus, the second planet of the Solar System is expected to be a modest orbiter mission.
If everything goes as per the plan, these 104 satellites will be released into the space, using the polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV). Out of these, three are Indian satellites and rest 101 are foreign satellites To make this historic event successful, ISRO has already mastered the art of ensuring that no collisions take place.
Interestingly, the next mission to mars is planned for 2021-2022 time frame and as per the existing plan, this mission will include putting up the robots weighing 1,378 kg on the red planet, i.e. Mars.
No doubt, ISRO, considered the new kid on the block in the multi-billion-dollar world launcher market. Hoping to set a new benchmark for the space-fairing nations. We wish ISRO, all the best of this historic mission to set the world record.
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