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India's Space Agency Launches 104 Satellites

Posted March 04, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

India's space agency put 104 satellites into orbit on February 15, reportedly the most in history, as it works to position itself as a destination for low-cost launches. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle carried nanosatellites from seven countries when it took off from a barrier island in southeastern India.


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03/04/2017 6:20 AM

So what happens when we have so many satellites in orbit, that we start having issues getting into orbit?

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03/05/2017 2:21 AM

Unless they've plans for de-orbiting these satellites at the end of their service lives, putting-up as many satellites as fast and as cheaply as they can is irresponsible.

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03/05/2017 5:53 AM

'irresponsible'. To whom?

Are you seriously thinking that all those space agencies were not aware of this planned satellite distribution and were not in on the mission?

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03/05/2017 8:04 PM

Launch a bunch at once and save money on rockets!

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03/06/2017 1:44 AM

Around 88 are from U.S and remaining few from other countries. This is to save costs by clubbing the launch for different countries.

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03/07/2017 2:25 AM

96 satellites from USA to be exact. Wonder why they couldn't do it themselves.

I think the overall cost of launch vehicle works out cheaper here in India and surely it is not inferior to any other such technology as the successful launch proves.

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