A journey to the stars, and into history: ISRO’s record 104 satellites launch in photos

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The PSLV-C37 rocket blasts off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra’s Sriharikota on February 15, 2017. India set a new space record by launching the most number of satellites – 104 – in one go. The next country to hold the record is Russia, with 37 satellites. (ISRO.gov.in)

The PSLV-C37 rocket blasts off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra’s Sriharikota on February 15, 2017. India set a new space record by launching the most number of satellites – 104 – in one go. The next country to hold the record is Russia, with 37 satellites. (ISRO.gov.in)

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro)’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C37 blasts off into space, carrying with it a record 104 satellites. (Isro.gov.in)

The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro)’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C37 blasts off into space, carrying with it a record 104 satellites. (Isro.gov.in)

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The propellant ignites to boost the rocket into space where 104 satellites were injected into the Polar Sun Synchronous Orbit. Of the 104 satellites, 101 were foreign satellites from six countries. (ISRO.gov.in)

The propellant ignites to boost the rocket into space where 104 satellites were injected into the Polar Sun Synchronous Orbit. Of the 104 satellites, 101 were foreign satellites from six countries. (ISRO.gov.in)

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A ground view of Isro’s rocket shooting into the sky, carrying a 1378kg payload. India successfully put a record 104 satellites from a single rocket into orbit on February 15 in the latest triumph for its famously frugal space agency. (isro.gov.in)

A ground view of Isro’s rocket shooting into the sky, carrying a 1378kg payload. India successfully put a record 104 satellites from a single rocket into orbit on February 15 in the latest triumph for its famously frugal space agency. (isro.gov.in)

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Isro set a new space record for most satellites launched in one go on February 15, 2017. Seen here is the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C37 seconds after lift-off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. It carried 104 satellites that were later successfully injected in their orbits. (ARUN SANKAR / AFP)

Isro set a new space record for most satellites launched in one go on February 15, 2017. Seen here is the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C37 seconds after lift-off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. It carried 104 satellites that were later successfully injected in their orbits. (ARUN SANKAR / AFP)

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The PSLV-C37 before it was launched at 9:28am on February 15, 2017. This was the 39th flight of the launch vehicle. Countdown for the launch had begun a day before. (isro.gov.in)

The PSLV-C37 before it was launched at 9:28am on February 15, 2017. This was the 39th flight of the launch vehicle. Countdown for the launch had begun a day before. (isro.gov.in)

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The nozzle end of the PSLV during vehicle integration. Isro scientists used the XL Variant – the most powerful rocket – to carry out the record satellite launch. The variant was earlier used in the ambitious Chandrayaan and Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) missions. (isro.gov.in)

The nozzle end of the PSLV during vehicle integration. Isro scientists used the XL Variant – the most powerful rocket – to carry out the record satellite launch. The variant was earlier used in the ambitious Chandrayaan and Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) missions. (isro.gov.in)

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The PSLV- C37 integrated on the launch pedestal. The launch vehicle carried with it India’s Cartosat 2D satellite. With superior, high resolution imaging capacity, the Cartosat will be useful for coastal land mapping and road network monitoring. (isro.gov.in)

The PSLV- C37 integrated on the launch pedestal. The launch vehicle carried with it India’s Cartosat 2D satellite. With superior, high resolution imaging capacity, the Cartosat will be useful for coastal land mapping and road network monitoring. (isro.gov.in)

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PSLV- C37 liquid stage at stage processing facility. The countdown for the launch mission began at 5:28am on February 14, 2017, soon after the Mission Readiness Review committee and Launch Authorisation Board gave its approval for lift off, after which scientists commenced filling of the propellant for the rocket. (isro.gov.in)

PSLV- C37 liquid stage at stage processing facility. The countdown for the launch mission began at 5:28am on February 14, 2017, soon after the Mission Readiness Review committee and Launch Authorisation Board gave its approval for lift off, after which scientists commenced filling of the propellant for the rocket. (isro.gov.in)

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PSLV- C37 at the assembly building stage. The launch vehicle carried a total payload of 1378 kg: this included the 714 kg Cartosat 2D satellite, 103 nano satellites weighing 664 kg. (isro.gov.in)

PSLV- C37 at the assembly building stage. The launch vehicle carried a total payload of 1378 kg: this included the 714 kg Cartosat 2D satellite, 103 nano satellites weighing 664 kg. (isro.gov.in)

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The PSLV- C37 vehicle being integrated at mobile service tower.The rocket measured 44.4 metre tall and weighed 320 tonnes. The advancements made to the rocket design helped cut Isro’s launch time down to its shortest ever. (isro.gov.in)

The PSLV- C37 vehicle being integrated at mobile service tower.The rocket measured 44.4 metre tall and weighed 320 tonnes. The advancements made to the rocket design helped cut Isro’s launch time down to its shortest ever. (isro.gov.in)

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The primary satellite launched on February 15, 2017, is the Cartosat 2D series satellite. Part of the Cartosat-2 Series, it has a mission life of five years. (Isro.gov.in)

The primary satellite launched on February 15, 2017, is the Cartosat 2D series satellite. Part of the Cartosat-2 Series, it has a mission life of five years. (Isro.gov.in)

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Cartosat 2D satellite undergoing panel deployment test. It was deployed along with two nano satellites, developed as co-passenger satellites to accompany bigger satellites on PSLV. (isro.gov.in)

Cartosat 2D satellite undergoing panel deployment test. It was deployed along with two nano satellites, developed as co-passenger satellites to accompany bigger satellites on PSLV. (isro.gov.in)

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The space craft under going solar panel illumination test during development stages. (isro.gov.in)

The space craft under going solar panel illumination test during development stages. (isro.gov.in)

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The spacecraft under going dynamic balancing test. (isro.gov.in)

The spacecraft under going dynamic balancing test. (isro.gov.in)

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Space craft being loaded into thermal vacuum chamber for environmental qualification test. (isro.gov.in)

Space craft being loaded into thermal vacuum chamber for environmental qualification test. (isro.gov.in)

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Isro chairman AS Kiran Kumar Rao displays models of the Cartosat-2 and PSLV-C37 at Sriharikota on Febuary 15, 2017. Scientists who were at the record launch at space centre burst into applause once the success of the mission was announced. (ARUN SANKAR AFP)

Isro chairman AS Kiran Kumar Rao displays models of the Cartosat-2 and PSLV-C37 at Sriharikota on Febuary 15, 2017. Scientists who were at the record launch at space centre burst into applause once the success of the mission was announced. (ARUN SANKAR AFP)

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