India is in the business of setting out-of-this-world records. Literally.
The state-owned Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Wednesday set a new world record by simultaneously launching 104 satellites into space.
Reuters reports that 101 of the 104 are foreign satellites aimed at serving an international audience, as India pursues a bigger share of the $300 billion global space industry.
Project Director B. Jayakumar said: “This is a great moment for each and everyone of us. Today we have created history.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also shared in the excitement on Twitter, saying how delighted he was for the smooth run of events while Indians caught the launch live on national TV news channels.
“This remarkable feat by ISRO is yet another proud moment for our space scientific community and the nation,” Modi tweeted. “India salutes our scientists.”
Reports reveal that the ISRO attempted to ‘low-cost mission to send a probe to orbit Mars’ three years ago and was successful at its first attempt.