The launch vehicle lifted off at 09:28 hrs IST and after a flight of 16 minutes 48 seconds, the satellites achieved a polar Sun synchronous orbit of 506 km.
After that, in the succeeding 12 minutes, all the 104 satellites successfully separated from the PSLV in the fourth stage in a predetermined sequence.
According to an official release, of the 103 co-passenger satellites carried by PSLV-C37, two – ISRO Nano Satellite-1 (INS-1) weighing 8.4 kg and INS-2 weighing 9.7 kg – are technology demonstration satellites from India. The remaining 101 co-passenger satellites carried were international customer satellites from USA (96), The Netherlands (1), Switzerland (1), Israel (1), Kazakhstan (1) and UAE (1).
Besides ensuring adequate separation between all the 104 satellites during their orbital injection as well as during their subsequent orbital life was yet another challenge associated with this complex mission, stated the release.
Bravo, ISRO surmounted the challenge successfully to make India proud!
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