Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Isro launches Cartosat-2 and 30 other satellites

Isro launches Cartosat-2 and 30 other satellites

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has successfully launched its 100th satellite today from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.

A jubilant ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar announced that the Cartosat 2 Series satellite, the seventh in the series, a nano satellite and 28 commercial payloads were successfully injected into the orbit one by one by the PSLV C-40, in the space of about 17.33 minutes since lift-off.

In the video, the PSLV-C40 is seen placing the Cartosat-2 series satellite into sun-synchronous orbit.

The rocket weighs about 1,323kg, said a senior official at the ISRO, who did not wish to be named, Reuters said. "This success in the New Year will bring benefits of the country's rapid strides in space technology to our citizens, farmers, fishermen etc", tweeted Narendra Modi, India's Prime Minister.

India on Friday deployed a remote sensing Cartosat and 30 other satellites, including 28 from six countries, into the Earth's orbit after a copybook launch of a polar rocket from its spaceport here in Andhra Pradesh.

He told mediapersons after the successful launch of PSLV-C40/Cartosat-2 series mission that the satellites included nine student ones made by some universities while hinting that they could not be counted in Isro's account.

The final 28-hour countdown for the launch of 31 satellites began on Thursday at 5.29 a.m.

Yesterday's launch lifted a total of 31 small satellites into space. The latest satellites will be used by India to obtain high-resolution images of the planet and for better border surveillance.

Recognized by experts, the Indian space program is considered one of the most efficient and active in the world for its quality and quantity, despite having much less budget than other similar projects.

ISRO scientists have said that the images, which the satellites collect, will enable Indian security agency to keep a track of military activities in neighboring Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, China, and Pakistan.

2018 is going to be one of the most ambitious years for ISRO as it plans to launch a minimum of one satellite every month.

"The launch of the 100th satellite by (the ISRO) signifies both its glorious achievements and also the bright future of India's space programme", Mr Modi said on Twitter. Then another GSLV MK-II is planned to launch Chandrayaan-II moon mission in April.

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