In first mission of 2018, ISRO launches 100th satellite

INS-1C with its panels in deployed condition | Express

INS-1C with its panels in deployed condition | Express

ISRO prepared for the PSLV comeback launch today.

About 17 minutes 18 seconds after the lift off, the Cartosat-2 series was separated and injected into its 505 km sun synchronous orbit. Last June, India launched its heaviest-ever rocket it hopes will eventually be able to carry astronauts into space, a feat only Russian Federation, the United States and China have achieved.

The agency's 100th launch from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh's Sriharikota was closely watched in India and across the world after a failure on August 31 a year ago.

For the mission, ISRO used PSLV-C40 launch vehicle, which is carrying 31 satellites, including three from India and 28 from six other countries.

ISRO is helping not just India but several other countries in putting communication, navigation and other satellites into orbit.

The Cartosat-2 Series Satellite is the primary satellite carried by PSLV-C40 (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle).

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"During the last PSLV launch we had problems, today what has happened proves that the problem was properly addressed and rectified".

Fully integrated PSLV-C40 with all the 31 Spacecrafts at First Launch Pad, at Sriharikota on Wednesday.

Modi's government has been promoting a domestic space programme as a demonstration of low-priced technology and last February launched 104 satellites in a single mission, a lot of them for foreign customers.

Meanwhile, Union Minister of State Jitendra Singh took to twitter and congratulated the ISRO team for the successful launch, which was PSLV's 42nd flight since its inception.

ISRO made nearly Rs 300 crore from foreign satellite launches in 2016-17 and officials have maintained over the past year that smaller satellite launches will play a big role in the future.

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. At first, the take off had been scheduled at 9:28 am, but it was delayed a minute because there was a fear of the satellite colliding with debris.

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