India has big plans for space travel, with a goal of traveling to Jupiter and Venus in the future. One way they’re hoping to achieve that is by keeping costs down with low labor expenditures and international partnerships. Back in 2013, the Indian Space Research Organization sent a satellite to Mars for $600 million less than a comparable mission by NASA. This time, the ISRO partnered with six other countries for its onboard payload. The Guardian breaks down how the cargo was divided up on the four-stage Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle:
On board was a 714kg satellite for earth observation and more than 100 smaller satellites weighing less than 10kg each. Three were Indian-owned, 96 were from US companies, and the rest belonged to companies based in Israel, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates.
Most were owned by Planet Labs Inc, a US-based Earth-imaging company.Watch it all go down below. The actual separation starts around the 1:10 mark.