Donald Trump’s spy pick ‘shocked’ by India launching 104 satellites

Washinton: US President Donald Trump’s top spymaster nominee has said he was “shocked” to read that India successfully launched more than 100 satellites in one go last month.

“I was shocked the other day to read that India, on one rocket launch, deposited more than 100 satellites in space,” former Senator Dan Coats told lawmakers on Tuesday during his confirmation hearing for the position of Director of National Intelligence.

He said the US cannot afford to be seen lagging behind. “They may be small in size with different functions and so forth but one rocket can send up, I think it was 104 platforms,” said Coats, who if confirmed would be in-charge of all major American intelligence agencies including the CIA.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on February 15 successfully launched a record 104 satellites on a single rocket from the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh.