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12 interesting facts about ISRO’s record 104 satellite launch

Did you know, ISRO’s 104 satellite launch is the highest number launched in a single mission. Earlier, the Russian space agency had launched 37 satellites in one go in 2014.  The satellites were released in rapid-fire fashion every few seconds from a single rocket as it traveled at 17,000 miles an hour. The launch was high-risk because satellites could collide with one another if ejected into the wrong path. Of the 104 satellites, three are Indian and 101 foreign.714 kg Cartosat-2 was the main cargo; 103 smaller “nano satellites” weighed a combined 664 kg. 88 “Doves” weighing around 5kgs each from Planet. Nano sats from countries like Israel, Kazakhstan, The Netherlands, Switzerland and UAE. ISRO charges substantially less for launches than its competitors in Europe and North America. Cartosat-2 series satellite will send images for coastal land use, distribution of water, land use maps etc. Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) was used for the launch. The powerful XL variant rocket — earlier used in Chandrayaan and Mars Orbiter Mission – was used