India sends its 100th satellite into space

James Marshall
January 13, 2018

A total of 31 small satellites were launched into space on Friday.

He told mediapersons after the successful launch of PSLV-C40/Cartosat-2 series mission that the satellites included nine student ones made by some universities while hinting that they could not be counted in Isro's account.

Four months after it suffered a rare failure in recent times, PSLV, India's most dependable rocket launcher, was back in business on Friday, launching a Cartosat-2 series remote sensing satellite, along with 30 others, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

The space agency's workhorse rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C40) placed all the 31 satellites including its main payload Cartosat-2 Series into its respective orbit after blasting off at 9:29 am from the first launch pad of the spaceport.

Contrary to the media reports over Isro's century with respect to satellites of India with the launch of three satellites of the country on Friday, Isro chairman A.S. Kirankumar said the number referred to satellites rolled out of Isro's satellite centre in Bengaluru.

"Benefits of India's success are available to our partners!" "Out of the 31 Satellites, 28 belonging to 6 other countries are carried by today's launch". The latest satellites will be used by India to obtain high-resolution images of the planet and for better border surveillance.

"PSLV-C40 is a highly sophisticated surveillance tool to keep an eye on Indian borders and will help the government track progress of infrastructure projects", science writer Pallava Bagla, the co-author of Reaching For The Stars: India's Journey To Mars, was quoted by Reuters as saying.

A jubilant ISRO Chairman A S 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. India´s space programme has a budget of around $4 billion and Modi´s government hopes the latest launches will improve its prospects of winning a larger share of the more than $300 billion global space industry.

"ISRO is starting 2018 with the successful launch. all customer satellites (besides Cartosat and nanosat) released and the microast after one hour". Then another GSLV MK-II is planned to launch Chandrayaan-II moon mission in April.

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