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ISRO hits new milestone, launches its 100th satellite

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:27 IST

The 44.4-metre tall Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C40) was launched at 9.29 am after a 28-hour countdown.

ISRO hits new milestone, launches its 100th satellite
Out of 31 satellites, three are Indian and 28 of six other nations

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Friday hits a century by launching PSLV-C40 carrying Cartosat-2 series satellite and 30 other spacecraft from Sriharikota.

Out of 31 satellites, three are Indian and 28 of six other nations. The 44.4-metre tall Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C40) was launched at 9.29 am after a 28-hour countdown.

ISRO Chairman AS Kiran Kumar announced that the Cartosat 2 Series satellite, the seventh in the series, a nano satellite and 28 commercial payloads were successfully injected into the orbit one by one by the PSLV C-40, in the space of about 17.33 minutes since lift-off.

The Indian satellites include the 710 kg Cartosat-2 series for Earth observation as the primary satellite of the mission, along with co-passenger payloads, including 100 kg micro satellite and a 10 kg nano satellite.

Cartosat-2 series was the first to be separated from the rocket and injected into the sun-synchronous orbit at 505km above the earth, followed by the 10 kg nano satellite and the 100 kg micro-sat in different orbits.

The Cartosat-2 series would orbit around the Earth for five years.

The micro satellite would be India's 100th satellite in space around the earth's orbit.

The first space mission in 2018 came four months after a similar rocket failed to deliver the country's eighth navigation satellite in the earth's lower orbit on August 31, 2017.

International customer satellites are three micro and 25 nano-satellites from six countries -- Canada, Finland, France, Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

The mission, first in the year 2018, was crucial considering the fact that last PSLV launch came as a setback to scientists as the backup navigation satellite IRNSS-1H could not be placed in orbit following a snag in the final leg of the PSLV-C39 mission.

A visibly relieved Kiran Kumar, on his final mission as the chief of the space agency, said he was happy to provide Cartosat 2 Series as a New Year gift for the country.

“During the last PSLV launch we had problems, today what has happened proves that the problem was properly addressed and rectified. Happy to give this new year gift to the country,” Kiran said at the mission control room.

"ISRO is starting 2018 with the successful launch... all customer satellites (besides Cartosat and nanosat) released and the microast after one hour. So far Cartosat performance is satisfactory," he added.

Meanwhile, PM Narendra Modi has congratulated ISRO scientists on the successful launch of PSLV-C40.

“My heartiest congratulations to ISRO & its scientists on the successful launch of PSLV today. This success in the New Year will bring benefits of the country's rapid strides in space technology to our citizens, farmers, fishermen etc,” PM said.

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