The countdown for the launch of Indian rocket carrying a record 104 satellites is progressing smoothly at the Sriharikota rocket port in Andhra Pradesh, officials said. The rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) is scheduled to blast off from Sriharikota, 80 km from, at 9.28 a.m. on Wednesday with major cargo being the 714 kg Indian Cartosat-2 series satellite. Also Read - Starlink satellite broadband service faces challenge in India, Elon Musk led company questioned
The co-passenger satellites comprise 101 nano satellites, one each from Israel, Kazakhstan, The Netherlands, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and 96 from US, as well as two nano satellites from India. The total weight of all the satellites carried on-board by 44.4 metre tall PSLV rocket weighing 320 ton is about 1,378 kg. Also Read - ISRO joins hands with MapmyIndia to develop a Google Maps rival
By 28th minute of the rocket’s mission all the 104 satellites would be put into orbit.