C40 Successfully Launches Cartosat-2 Series Satellite

C40 Successfully Launches Cartosat-2 Series Satellite

In what would be a significant landmark in India's space history, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is all set to launch its 100 satellite along 30 others in a single mission.

In a unique feature, they will be launched in two orbits- 30 of them in a 550km-above-earth orbit, and one in 359km-above. Of the 31 satellites, three are Indian and the rest are from Canada, Finland, France, South Korea, UK and the US.

At 9:29am today, ISRO successfully launched the PSLV from Sriharikota, its first mission after the failure of IRNSS-1H in August.

After failure of its last mission, this launch remains tricky as the ISRO will be attempting a two-orbit feat for the second time.

India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle stands poised for liftoff Friday. The last launch of IRNSS-1H - India's first privately built satellite - on August 31 previous year had failed because of a freak accident. The total weight of all the 31 satellites carried onboard PSLV-C40 is about 1323 kg.

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

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"The propellant filling operation of fourth stage of PSLV-C40 is under progress", said an update on ISRO's website on Thursday morning.

Heat shield PSLV rocket, a known workhorse, failed to separate after launch.

India will use its latest satellites for better border surveillance and obtaining high resolution images of the earth.

"ISRO is starting 2018 with the successful launch of Cartosat, a nanosat, microsat and 28 customer satellites".

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. In this context, ISRO has taken four-month interval to revisit some of the core areas.