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Today’s PSLV launch could create history. And a new market for Isro

By launching 104 satellites in one lift-off, Isro is signalling that it is ready for the booming microsatellite launch market, and its unit economics are no less competitive than that of de novo, new-age small launchers

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For over two decades, it has impeccably accomplished the tasks allotted. This morning, with 37 consecutive successes behind it, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will lift-off from Sriharikota with 104 satellites on board, almost thrice the number that a Russian rocket, which currently holds the record, carried three years ago.

It is not that there is no other rocket in the world that can haul so many spacecraft. Indeed, there are several with much higher payload capacities than the PSLV. Rather, today’s flight is a testament to…

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