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Over 100 satellites Swiss satellite in record-breaking Indian space launch

Only three of the 104 satellites launched were Indian

(Indian Space Research Organisation)

A Swiss nano-satellite was among 104 to successfully be launched into space as part of a world record attempt by the Indian Space Research Organisation.

SpacePharma, a Swiss company based in Courgenay in canton Jura, had entrusted a five-kilogram (11-pound) nano-satellite to the Indian space agency, which successfully launched it into space today at 09:28 local time (04:58 Swiss time). 

Never have so many satellites been launched in a single attempt. In total, the Indian space launch vehicle PSLV-C37 carried 103 nano-satellites weighing a total of 664 kilograms, as well as a 714-kilogram Indian Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation. The US has the biggest stake with 96 nano-satellites on board. 

SpacePharma's nano satellite is in orbit with four micro gravity experiments running inside it

(SpacePharma)

Zero gravity 

SpacePharma offers research institutes and companies the opportunity to conduct controlled experiments in zero gravity at an affordable cost (an average of CHF200,000 or $199,300 per experiment). Their nano-satellite will be hosting four experiments during this launch for institutions like the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany, and the Universities of Tel Aviv and Glasgow. 

“This is a prototype or proof of concept satellite to show what we can do,” Martin Aebi, director of SpacePharma, told swissinfo.ch. “The Indian launch was attractive to us from a financial and technical point of view and they were very professional.” 


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