India sets world record with 104 satellites in a single rocket launch

Showering praise on ISRO for setting a mega world record, The Washington Post said, "another success for the Indian Space Research Organisation, which is rapidly gaining a reputation globally for its effective yet low-priced missions".

Of the 104 satellites, 101 are foreign satellites to serve worldwide customers as India seeks a bigger share of the $300 billion global space industry.

ISRO has emerged as the world's most successful satellite launching centre, putting more satellites in space from other countries than any other station. The remaining 101 co-passenger satellites were all the property of the ISRO's worldwide customers - with 96 coming from the USA, and five coming from the Netherlands, Switzerland, Israel, Kazakhstan and the United Arab Emirates, respectively.

"Congratulations to @isro for the successful launch of PSLV-C37 and CARTOSAT satellite together with 103 nano satellites!", the prime minister tweeted. All but three of the satellites are from foreign countries, a lot of them from the United States. The country's trusty red-and-white satellite launch vehicle had lifted off moments before and blasted into orbit. Three were Indian-owned, 96 were from U.S. companies, and the rest belonged to companies based in Israel, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates. "The Indians have reason to be proud", the daily said. Earlier, the Russian Space Agency had the record of successfully launching 37 satellites.

India made a significant achievement in the growing global commercial market for space-based surveillance and communication on Wednesday.

The daily added, engine of the rockets launched by India is not powerful enough and that there is no Indian astronaut in space. India has received widespread recognition for the success of its space programmes such as the Chandrayan and Mission Mars.

China's English daily, Global Times was quoted as saying, "As a rising power, it has done a good job".

"I've long said that the real race is in Asia", says Joan Johnson-Freese, a professor and space specialist at the US Naval War College.

"As India's GDP is about one-fifth to one-fourth that of China's, the share of investment in space technology in India's GDP is similar to that of China's". Watching each of these little guys with their own individual purposes flood the sky and kick the country's space program into overdrive is just as neat as it sounds. It has not yet formed a complete system.

  • Joe Gonzales