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India sets new space record
February 15, 2017, 10:32 am

In late June, India successfully launched a record 20 satellites with one rocket from the southern spaceport of Sriharikota [Xinhua]

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) broke a record previously held by Russia on Wednesday when it launched 104 satellites during a single space mission.

The satellites were launched into orbit at 9:28 am from the Sriharikota spaceport in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.

One of the satellites, the Cartosat 2, is capable of taking high resolution images.

Some 96 of the nano-satellites belonged to the US. Only three of the 104 belonged to India.

India has rapidly been breaking barriers in its space program.

In September, ISRO launched the GSLV F05 which for the first time used a cryogenic engine developed by Indian scientists. The engine is based on cryogenic fuels – gasses stored at very low temperatures.

In late August, India became only the fourth country in history to employ scramjet engines in the launch and propulsion of space rockets.

Scramjet technology relies on hydrogen as fuel while oxygen from the air is used as an oxidizer to burn the fuel. Combustion occurs externally while the craft is moving at supersonic speeds.

New Delhi is aiming to expand the country’s influence in the competitive $300 billion global space industry.

Read more: A BRICS space race?

The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies

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