NEW DELHI – An Indian rocket carrying 104 satellites blasted off Wednesday in a mission that could set a world record once its payload is successfully placed in orbit.
The Indian Space Research Organisation’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) took off at 9.28 am (0358 GMT) from the Sriharikota spaceport near Chennai on India’s south-eastern coast.
The lift-off was “normal as expected”, the ISRO wrote on Twitter.
The satellites would be placed in their prescribed low-earth orbits in about 30 minutes, ISRO scientists said.
The rocket is carrying three satellites from India and 101 smaller nano-satellites including 96 from the United States and one each from Israel, Kazakhstan, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
If successful, the Indian space agency’s mission will deploy the most satellites by any country in a single launch, beating the previous record of 37 satellites launched by Russia in 2014. – dpa