Watch 104 Satellites Fire Out of a Rocket In Record-Setting Space Mission
India has big plans for space travel, with a goal of traveling to
Jupiter and Venus
in the future. One way they're hoping to achieve that is by keeping costs down with low labor expenditures and international partnerships. Back in 2013, the
On board was a 714kg satellite for earth observation and more than 100 smaller satellites weighing less than 10kg each. Three were Indian-owned, 96 were from US companies, and the rest belonged to companies based in Israel, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates.
Most were owned by Planet Labs Inc, a US-based Earth-imaging company.
The previous record holder was Russia with 37 satellites sent into orbit at once in 2014. But records aren't the ISRO's primary focus. Kiran Kumar, chair of the space agency, tells the Guardian , "We are just trying to maximize our capability with each launch and trying to utilize that launch for the ability it has got, and get the maximum in return."
Watch it all go down below. The actual separation starts around the 1:10 mark. If the new age-y inspirational music isn't your cup of tea, you can watch a hyped-up EDM-fueled version here .
[ The Guardian ]