Pushing the limits has been a solid trait of us human beings. Space Exploration is one area where we continue to achieve greater heights. India is in the forefront of space technology and with its indigenous and home grown techniques has successfully managed to launch 104 Satellites from a single rocket. That’s a world Record!
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In 2014, India entered Mars orbit on the first attempt (Mars Orbiter Mission – MOM, also called Mangalyaan (“Mars-craft”, from Sanskrit: मंगल mangala, “Mars” and यान yāna, “craft, vehicle”) and managed to do so with a budget of ₹454 crore ($67 million).
The 39th mission of the PSLV program, PSLV-C37 was launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 09:28 IST on 15 February 2017.
The rocket successfully carried and deployed the 104 Satellites, amongst these was 1 of ISRO’s Cartosat-2 Series satellite, 2 nano satellites from INS-1A and INS-1B, 88 satellites from – Planet, 1 nano satellite from Israel, 1 from Kazakhstan, 1 from Netherlands, 1 from Switzerland and 1 from United Arab Emirates. The overall budget for this mission was estimated at ₹100 crore ($15 million). There are three more missions planned for 2017.
One of Planet’s Dove satellites | Photo: Planet
India has been criticized for spending on space programs when it could be doing more to support its infrastructure and basic amenities. However, history has shown repeatedly that if a country stops innovating then it stops growing, for India, this is a very crucial time in the world for its economy, resources and growth. India did have a rough period during colonization, which put heavy brakes on its innovation in science and technology, and its like it is getting back to business and would give more inventions, technologies and environmentally friendly one stop place for Space of Things.
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