INDIA’S space agency will attempt to launch 104 satellites from a single rocket today — a record feat that, if successful, will cement the country’s space smarts after its successful Mars orbiter mission, CNN reported.
The launch would almost triple the current record of 37 satellites Russia sent into orbit in 2014.
“It’s going to be a big deal. It shows the sophistication of India’s space program,” says Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, head of the U.S. Nuclear and Space Policy Initiative at the Observer Research Foundation.
India’s Mangalyaan probe — Asia’s first successful Mars orbiter — forced the world to take note of India’s space program, which was set up in 1962.
To date India has launched 79 satellites from 21 countries, including satellites from big companies like Google and Airbus, earning India at least US$157 million. In 2016, it launched 20 satellites in one go but today’s launch is a far bigger challenge.