The morning of 15th February 2017,9:30 am , the heat shields separated from PSLV carrying CARTOSAT 2 series satellite the main satellite weighing 714 kg for earth observation along with 103 smaller nano satellites weighing combined 664 kg. The entire launch totals about 1378 kg in polar sun synchronous orbit,about 520 km from earth and India sets a world record by successfully launching 104 satellites in one go, leaving miles behind the previous record holder Russia with 37 satellites on single launch.
This world record was created by the Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO) at satish Dhawan space center in Sriharikota.
The nanosatellites include Two Indian nano satellites INS-1A nad INS-1B along with 101 co passenger satellites. Out of the 101 co passenger satellites 96 belongs to USA and one each from ISRO’s international customers Israel, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Switzerland and United Arab Emirates. These nano satellites are being launched through (ANTRIX) ,the commercial arm of ISRO.
The cartosat satellite will provide remote sensing services, which can be useful for coastal land use and regulation, road network monitoring, water distribution etc. It has a mission life of 5 years. The two indian nano satellites INS-1A carries surface bidirectional reflectance distribution function and INS-1B carries earth exosphere lyman alpha analyser as payloads on the other hand the primary objectives of other nani satellites is to provide an opportunity for ISRO technology demonstration payloads and provide a standard bus for launch on demand services.