Indian Space Agency Successfully Launches Country's 100th Satellite

Gladys Abbott
January 12, 2018

The ISRO launched 100th satellite from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on Friday. Three micro and 25 nano satellites from six countries namely Canada, Finland, France, Republic of Korea, UK and United States of America, make up the other payload.

January 12 (NT): ISRO successfully launched its 100th satellite "PSLV-C40 / Cartosat-2 Series Satellite" from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota Island of iAndhra Pradesh on Friday at 09:28 Hrs (IST).

This will be ISRO's first launch in 2018 and also the first after the unsuccessful mission of IRNSS-1H in August a year ago. The longest flight mission in the history of ISRO launches, it had four-stages.

The co-passengers on Friday's launch include Telesat's second prototype broadband communications satellite, following on the loss of the Canadian company's first experimental high-speed Internet craft on a failed Soyuz/Fregat rocket launch in late November. ISRO today created a century in satellite launching.

With the successful launch, including 28 satellites from foreign countries, by the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), ISRO put behind a rare failure it encountered four months ago.

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India, too, is sending one micro and nano satellite.

359 km polar SSO after bringing down the orbital height by reigniting the fourth stage of PSLV twice. The rocket's shield had failed to separate, due to which the satellite could not launch.

Present at the Sriharikota mission centre, ISRO's AS Kiran Kumar, said, "During the last PSLV launch we had problems, today what has happened proves that the problem was properly addressed and rectified". It is carrying the 710 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite which consists of special panchromatic and multi-spectral cameras operating in time delay integration mode to deliver high-resolution data.

It is the third satellite from the Cartosat-2 series.

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