As India claimed its place in history by successfully launching a record 104 satellites by ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) in a single mission, the world sat up and noticed the country’s incredible accomplishment. From the New York Times to Al Jazeera, most of the top news media houses across the globe wrote about ISRO’s tryst with destiny.
Here’s a round-up of what some of the biggest media houses are saying about this historic mission:
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The New York Times
It was only two years ago when the New York Times printed and then subsequently apologised for publishing a cartoon that seemingly mocked ISRO’s then mission to Mars. But yesterday, the iconoclast said that with this mission, India had become a “significant player.” It wrote, “India’s space agency launched a flock of 104 satellites into space over the course of 18 minutes on Wednesday, nearly tripling the previous record for single-day satellite launches and establishing India as a key player in a growing commercial market for space-based surveillance and communication.”
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The BBC focused on the fact that India has now positioned itself staunchly as a reliable low-cost alternative in the space game. It noted, “The BBC’s Sanjoy Majumder in Delhi says the successful launch is yet another feather in the cap of India’s ambitious space programme that has earned a reputation of offering a reliable low-cost alternative to existing international players.”
CNN deemed that unlike the space race that took place between the United States and Russia during the Cold War, the race has now officially shifted to Asia with countries like India and China heating up the game.
As with most international media, Al Jazeera also highlighted how cost effective India’s programme is on a global scale. “India is competing with other international players for a greater share of that launch market and is known for its low-cost space programme.
Global Times (China)
The Chinese news media perhaps unsurprisingly was guarded with its reportage of the event. Global Times wrote, “On the whole, India’s space technology still lags behind the US’ and China’s. It has not yet formed a complete system”