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The force is strong: How ISRO nailed it in 2016

January 12, 2017

QUARTZ India

Two years after it stunned the world by launching the world’s cheapest Mars orbiter mission in its first attempt, India’s space agency, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), launched as many as 34 satellites into space in 2016. These included 22 foreign satellites and 12 Indian ones.

India’s indigenously-developed Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) did most of the heavy lifting, carrying 33 of these satellites. Only one of ISRO’s satellites was put into orbit through French company Arianespace because of its heavier weight, which the Indian space agency can’t yet handle...[Read More]

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