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ISRO has launched 104 satellites in a single mission!

Indian Space Research Organization has yet again demonstrated its great potential and outstanding capabilities. This time it set another world record. For the first time in the history of the mankind, so many (more than a hundred) satellites were launched in a single mission. This was the first mission conducted by ISRO in 2017. At 9.28 am on the 15th February 2017, ISRO successfully launched 104 satellites from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota – a tiny barrier island on the Bay of Bengal (Andhra Pradesh). The number looks even more mind-blowing when we see the holder of the previous record – in 2014 Russia launched just 37 satellites. Almost one-third of what India just did! ISRO Chairman Kiran Kumar said that the goal was not to set a new record: “We are not looking at it as a record or anything like that; we are just trying to maximize our capability with each launch, in trying to utilize that launch for the ability it has got and getting the maximum return.”

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The Mission Control Centre (MCC) in Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh) is located just a few kilometers from the launch complex and it is responsible for monitoring and pre-launching phase (pre-countdown and countdown)

International media on ISRO achievements

The reaction of the world media was very critical. Most of them were actually talking about the poor people of India and saying if India actually needs a space program. The same questions were raised when India successfully reached the Mars in its maiden voyage , something which had never been accomplished before in the modern human history. India’s mission to Mars cost less than a Hollywood movie “Gravity” and ISRO spent 600mln USD lesser  than NASA! According to the statistics from 2011,  almost 17 million kids in the USA were living in food insecure households while their country was spending billions in their space program.  The international journalists need to know that – all these ISRO’s missions are going to help India’s economy by using innovations in communication services. Other countries will be buying technologies from India or will just pay them to launch their own satellite – and actually, it is already happening! If you are wondering, why the international media is unfair to India, I suggest you to watch this film-  Why is the international media unfair to media?

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ISRO first satellite called Aryabhata was launched on the 19th April, 1975.

Launch of 104 satellites

Originally ISRO wanted to launch 68 satellites. Gradually, more satellites were added making the project even a bigger challenge. And then the final decision was made – 104 satellites and the PSLV-C37 (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) rocket which is 44.4 m tall and weighs 320 tones injected in a single mission. The heaviest one was 714kg Cartosat-2 Series satellite dedicated for earth observation – the Cartosat Series satellites are launched to provide images which are later used for road network monitoring and creating maps. Among the remaining 103 co-passengers nano satellites, 96 from the USA, one each from Kazakhstan, Israel, United Arab Emirates, the Netherlands, Switzerland and 2 from India (INS-1A and INS-1B).

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This PSLV launch vehicle is one of the most reliable rockets in the world! It has launched Mars Mission Orbiter (MOM), Chandrayaan – 1 and Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS).

So, how come this was possible? The truth is that it is all about a proper usage of the space available in the launch vehicle and also about the carrying capacity of the rocket. But it is not as easy as it may seem. It requires great skill and some genius brains out there to achieve something of this scale and Indians for some time have been demonstrating their skills pretty well as far as the space science is concerned. All the satellites were arranged in a proper configuration, so later when they were ejected in the space they would not collide with each other. And ISRO did it perfectly. In our times when more and more countries want to have their own different satellites in the space, these sort of missions are becoming more important as overall, all the space organizations want to save money and sending 100 satellites in a single mission requires lesser costs.

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ISRO missions in numbers

Ancient space science

Who would have thought in 1969 when ISRO was formed that in the 21st century it would be setting brand new standards in space science? Who would have thought that a country which had long been at the receiving end of so many abuses by the invaders would be creating world records? ISRO started slowly but their current pace and achievements are stunning the whole world. But Indians are probably inspired from their own past – just look at the great Observatory in Jaipur which was used for observation of constellation and stars in the sky. Even in Rig Vedas there are many references to astronomy. Even though the scholars claim that all the ancient civilizations thought that Earth was the center of the universe with stars and sun revolving around it, you can find Vedic descriptions which are talking about the universe in a very detailed way, mentioning that all planets and the Sun have their own orbits. Ancient Indians already knew that our earth is not flat but it is a globe. In ­Vedanga Jyotisha, the Sun and the Moon are described in a very detailed way. We should also not forget about the great “vimanas” – airships which not only could fly but they could also transfer humans from one planet to another. But the topic of the great ancient science of India is very wide so stay tuned as I will be talking about it separately.

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Indian scientists can get inspired just looking at India’s great ancient science which showed the amazing capabilities of this country even thousands of years ago.

Plans for the future

ISRO has stunned the world with its great accomplishment. And for ISRO it is just a small milestone of a long journey that they have undertaken, as in not so distant future, they are expecting another Mars mission and also aiming a mind-boggling feat of sending a mission to the Venus. On the 28th December 2017, we may witness another record – this time PSLV will carry 3 rovers to the Moon as the current record is of  carrying just 1. With so much of exciting stuff in their pipeline, all I can say is that ISRO does seem to have an amazing future.

You  may also want to go through this film which talks about the journey of ISRO-

 

 

About Karolina Goswami

Hello everyone! Welcome to my blog! I hope you enjoy reading the stuff that you will not easily find on the mainstream media. I am a girl from Poland who is living in India. I am a seeker and I share my thoughts through this medium with the world citizens. For more details, check 'about me' section in the top menu bar. To contact me, write to me on indiaindetails@gmail.com or simply write on the comment section below every post.

10 comments

  1. Namaste Karolina,

    I’m Aditya from the Holy City of Nashik of Maharashtra, India.
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    Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam

    With Love and Respect,
    A fellow Indian and your admirer

  2. Namaste Karolina,

    I’m Aditya from the Holy City of Nashik in Maharashtra of India.
    First of all, I wanted to tell you, that I LOVE YOU!!!! The reason why, you must’ve guessed by now!
    Anyways, moving on, I also wanted to say that I just stumbled upon your blog, videos and page, here on facebook.
    And oh my! I just LOVE YOU, as I said earlier!! Your videos, blogs, the stuff that you write and say about India just makes me feel so proud, happy, satisfied and loved that I never even thought I would, by a Polish origin Indian girl!
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    I just can’t wait to see what more you have, to show the world about the Real and True India!
    Yes, you’re right, the World Media didn’t treat India fairly. They were more keen on showing the wrongs and hiding the rights, than being fair and showing it all. But, your reasoning for it is right and just so perfect and understandable.
    I feel sad and pity, that people would rather criticize and throw mud on others to make them look dirty (or dirtier), rather than cleaning themselves!
    I, on behalf of every Indian, would like to thank you for what you’re doing for this nation, a nation that you weren’t even born in! But, I’d also like to say that, I for one, consider you an Indian citizen as I said earlier, because your actions prove that you DESERVE to be called an Indian!!
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    I LOVE YOU!!!!!!

    Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam

    With Love and Respect,
    A fellow Indian and your Admirer,
    Aditya A. Gaikar

    • Karolina Goswami

      Namaste Aditya!

      Thank you for your kind words and for your appreciation. I am deeply touched by your comment and I respect your emotions, however, I am nothing special, just a little learner of ancient knowledge from India and a keen observer of this great country.
      I feel blessed to have a chance to live in India and explore this country and interact with so many amazing people.

      Best regards,
      Karolina Goswami

  3. Hi Karolina,

    I am Prateek form Jabalpur(M.P) India. I really like your work and videos towards India. It inspires me a lot.

    I request you to please make a video on India Army.

    Regards

    Prateek Jaiswal

    • Karolina Goswami

      Hi Prateek!

      Thank you for your appreciation and for sharing your suggestion!

      Best regards,
      Karolina Goswami

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  6. Being an Indian, I would like to thank you immensely for what you’re doing for my India, that you weren’t even born in! I would like to say that you are an Indian citizen, because, by your actions you’ve definitely proved that you deserve to be called a true Indian !!
    Namastey,

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  8. Namastey ma’am,
    It’s not very easy for someone being brainwashed/ misleaded by a biased media to start liking a country suddenly. The points put up by you proves broad mindedness and truth seeker! Maybe you’re not a face of India, but you’re an inspiration for millions of Indians because you teach them to get over prejudices, judgements and hypocrisy! I hope that many Indians who call themselves as “American” just because they have lived there for 1 year, might watch your videos and start taking pride for their true nationality!
    Sadly many Indian girls who feel saree to be very much backward and uncool dress might even consider wearing their dress which describes their true identity by watching your videos!
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    Because it really matters to us what the world has to say about us!
    There’s biased media everywhere, even in India, and I hope you can inspire them to drive towards neutrality!
    Thank you!
    Best regards,
    Anish Khare.

    ~ Shubh din!

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