ISRO launched its 100th satellite along with 30 others in a single mission, from the space port of Sriharikota on Friday morning at 9:29 AM. On its 42nd mission, the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) trusted workhorse ‘PSLV-C40′ carried weather observation ‘Cartosat-2′ series satellite and 30 co-passengers (together weighing about 613 kg).
“ISRO is starting 2018 with the successful launch… all customer satellites (besides Cartosat and nanosat) released and the microast after one hour. So far Cartosat performance is satisfactory,” said Kiran Kumar on his final mission as ISRO Chairman.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi too congratulated ISRO saying, “The launch of the 100th satellite by @isro signifies both its glorious achievements, and also the bright future of India’s space programme,” on Twitter.
“Benefits of India’s success are available to our partners! Out of the 31 Satellites, 28 belonging to 6 other countries are carried by today’s launch,” he shared in other tweet.
The 44.4 metre tall rocket lifted off from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota.
The co-passenger satellites comprised of one micro and nano satellite each from India as well as three micro and 25 nanosatellites from six countries — Canada, Finland, France, Korea, the United Kingdom and United States of America.
The total weight of all the 31 satellites carried on-board PSLV-C40 is about 1,323 kgs.
The 28 international customer satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangements between ISRO and its commercial arm Antrix Corporation Ltd.
According to ISRO, the Cartosat-2 series satellite launch is a follow-on mission with the primary objective of providing high resolution scene specific spot imageries. It carries panchromatic and multi-spectral cameras operating in Time Delay Integration mode and is capable of delivering high resolution data.
It is the third satellite in the Cartosat-2 series. ISRO had successfully launched Cartosat-2 Series satellite on June 22, 2016. It is similar to the earlier Cartosat-2, 2A and 2B.
The images sent by Cartosat-2 series satellite will be useful for cartographic applications, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps and change detection to bring out geographical Land Information Systems and Geographical Information System applications.
ISRO Satellite Centre Director M Annadurai had recently said the launch of 28 satellites from abroad and three Indian satellites during the mission would mark the roll out of the 100th satellite by the space agency.
This is ISRO’s first launch for the year 2018 following the unsuccessful mission of navigation satellite IRNSS-1H last year.
On August 31, 2017 India’s mission to launch its backup navigation satellite IRNSS-1H on board PSLV-C39 failed after the heat shield did not separate in the final leg of the launch sequence and as a result, the satellite IRNSS-1H got stuck in the fourth stage of the rocket.
(With inputs from PTI)