India plans to go to Venus for the first time and re-visit Mars very soon. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) now attempts to undertake its mega launch where it will drop off into space not one, two or three but a full load of 104 satellites in space in a single mission.
What’s noteworthy here is that no other country has ever tried to hit a century in a single mission. The last world record is held by Russia which in 2014 rocketed 37 satellites in a single launch using a modified inter-continental ballistic missile.
According to the plan charted, morning of February 15 ISRO will hurl into space using the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) three Indian satellites and a 101 small foreign satellites.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has also announced a whopping 23 per cent increase for Department of Space.
Under the space sciences section, the budget mentions provisions "for Mars Orbiter Mission II and Mission to Venus".
The second mission to Mars is tentatively slated for in 2021-2022 timeframe and the plan may also involve putting a robot on the surface of Mars.
With PTI Inputs