India launches 40th PSLV and 100th satellite

ISRO's 100th Satellite To Lift Off Tomorrow 4 Months After Failed Launch

Indian Space Research Organisation to launch Cartosat-2 Series satellite on PSLV rocket from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

This was PSLV's longest-ever mission.

The total weight of all the 31 satellites carried on-board the PSLV-C40 is about 1323 kg.

To this PM Modi tweeted, "Benefits of India's success are available to our partners!"

"The microsatellite will be India's 100th satellite in space", ISRO Satellite Centre Director M. Annadurai had told IANS on Tuesday.

ISRO adopted an optimum separation sequence of all its satellites so as to avoid any collisions.

The performance of the deployed Cartosat-2 was satisfactory as monitored by the mission control facility, Kumar added. The rocket's shield had failed to separate, due to which the satellite could not launch.

Of the 28 foreign satellites, launched as part of deals made by ISRO's commercial arm Antrix Corporation Limited, three were microsatellites and 25 nanosatellites.

Islamabad said New Delhi must refrain from putting the new satellite to military use which could create trouble in the region.

The satellites will be placed into two orbits- thirty of the satellites in an orbit of 550 km, and one 359-km above the Earth.

The lift-off was postponed by a minute because of fear of collision with space debris.

"ISRO is starting 2018 with the successful launch of Cartosat, a nanosat, microsat and 28 customer satellites", ISRO's outgoing chairperson AS Kiran Kumar said.

"The propellant filling operation of fourth stage of PSLV-C40 is under progress", said an update on ISRO's website on Thursday morning. This mission had lasted two hours and 15 minutes, ISRO scientists said. The surveillance satellite from the "Cartosat 2" series will keep watch on India's hostile neighbours. It weighs 710 kg and is used for earth observation. Sivan was speaking in the context of ISRO's failed launch in August.


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