India claims record for multiple satellite launch

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By Robert Hackwill
India claims record for multiple satellite launch

The Indian space industry is claiming a world record for the launch of 104 nano-satellites in a single launch.

It is another notable success for the Indian Space Research Organisation, which three years ago stunned the international space community by sending a low-cost probe mission into Mars orbit, getting it right first time. The other space-capable nations needed several attempts to do something similar.

Of the 104 satellites 101 are for foreign customers, with the US taking up 96 and with one each from Kazakhstan, the UAE, Switzerland, Israel and the Netherlands.

India has big ambitions for its space industry and wants to capture a bigger chunk of the 300 billion euro global space market, helped by unbeatable rock-bottom costs.