India is taking concrete steps to carve itself a piece of the global space industry that’s worth more than $300 billion. The country’s space agency conducted a launch today and the payload included 104 satellites. It claims that this is a new record for launching the most amount of satellites in a single mission. 101 of the 104 satellites it has launched in today’s mission came from international customers which goes to show the country’s commitment to becoming a major player in this industry.
The Indian Space Research Organisation announced earlier today that the launch was conducted as per schedule and that it was a success. The state-run organization was able to set a record in the process for the most number of satellites launched in a single mission. The Indian Space Research Organization was last seen making headlines some three years ago when it was able to pull off a low-cost mission to send a probe to orbit Mars.
It was able to do that successfully the first time around. 96 of the nano satellites in today’s launch of the PSLV-C37 were from the United States while one each was from the Netherlands, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates.
The payload weighed over 1,433 lb. ISRO is aiming to take a bigger chunk of the global space industry and is enticing potential customers with lower prices, it was able to attract enough international customers to launch 75 satellites last year from its pad in Sriharikota in the state of Andhra Pradesh.