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ISRO to launch 104 satellites simultaneously; to recover half the cost of Indian mission by launching foreign satellites
Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is on a streak to make records.

Next week, the space organisation is preparing to make a new world record by launching a cluster of satellites at one go. ISRO's mega-launch program scheduled for 15th of this month, includes launching a total of 104 satellites to space. Out of the scheduled 104 satellites, 3 are from India while 101 will be from foreign countries. The satellites are scheduled to be be placed in the lower orbit of the Earth and will be used to monitor the planet and its ongoing activities.

"We want to make optimum use of our capacity. We are launching our three satellites. One is of 730 kgs while other two are 19 kgs each. We had additional space of 600 kgs. So we decided to accommodate 101 satellites," ISRO chairman AS Kiran Kumar said.

What makes this record-breaking launch even more applaudable is that by launching foreign satellites, ISRO will recover nearly half of the cost of Indian satellites. Though while talking to media, Kumar didn't reveal the exact amount but he said, "Roughly half of our cost will be covered by the foreign satellites we are launching."

By launching 104 satellites simultaneously, ISRO is eyeing an achievement that no other space agency of the world has ever created. Among the 104 earth-surveillance satellites, 88 belong to the United States, 13 are from the foreign nations like Germany, Kazakhstan, Israel, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the United Arab Emirates.

The launch is scheduled for 15th February, at around 9 am from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. According to the official launch agenda, ISRO is using the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle 'PSLV-C37' for setting the satellites in motion.

The total payload of the launch alongside the launcher PSLV-C37 rocket, will be around 1500 kilograms.

The official statement of ISRO said, "A 320-tonne launcher rocket – PSLV-C37 (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) will mark the discharge of the satellites with a collective weight of 1,500 kg. It also includes a Cartosat-2D which weights 650kg and two nano-satellites called INS-1A and INS-1B, weighing 15 kg each. Similarly, the combined mass of 100 foreign micro-satellites will be 820 kg in total."

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