ISRO successfully launches its 100th satellite into space

Mindy Sparks
January 13, 2018

India launched its 100th indigenously made satellite yesterday, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to project the country as a global low-priced provider of services in space. 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 a 100-kg microsatellite and a 10-kg nanosatellite.

The PSLV-C40 successfully launched three satellites of India, besides 20 customer ones into designated orbit with textbook precision from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Shar, Sriharikota in SPSR Nellore district on Friday. More than half of the micro and nano satellites were for the Unites States, and the remainder India, Canada, Finland, France, South Korea and the United Kingdom.

The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) has launched "Cartosat-2" series satellite along with 30 co-passenger satellite at 9.28 a.m. ISRO has also adopted an optimum sequence so as to avoid any kind of collisions.

On Friday, when PSLV-C40 takes off on its 42nd flight, it will once again demonstrate the multiple-burn technology where the fourth stage engine will be ignited and shut off four times to place, including small ones, in different orbits. In the next seven minutes, it placed 29 satellites as it moved up to the altitude of 519 km.

Nellore: Putting aside the doubts over its performance, following the failure of its earlier flight (PSLV-C39) in August past year, Isro's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle was back with a bang, enhancing confidence of scientists on its prowess.

A visibly relieved ISRO chairman A S 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. "ISRO is starting 2018 with the successful launch. all customer satellites (besides Cartosat and nanosat) released and the microsat after one hour".

Rajnath said that ISRO's achievement of launching "100 satellites is historic in many ways and a big landmark in India's journey into the space". So far Cartosat performance is satisfactory, ” he said at the mission control room. "We will be definitely meeting their expectations in the future also". The appointments committee of the Cabinet had already approved the proposal based on the recommendation of a cabinet subcommittee on space for the appointment of VSSC director K Sivan as Secretary, Department of Space and Chairman of Space Commission.

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