100th satellite launch a landmark: Rajnath Singh

India sends satellites into space to watch borders

India today reaffirmed its space prowess and commercial launch capabilities as it successfully launched its 100th satellite along with 30 other spacecraft, including weather observation Cartosat 2 Series satellite onboard the Polar rocket from here.This was PSLVs longest-ever mission.

The opening mission of 2018 was considered crucial for ISRO as the previous PSLV launch came as a setback to scientists as the backup navigation satellite IRNSS-1H could not be placed in orbit following a snag in the final leg of the PSLV-C39 mission in August past year.

A micro satellite of India would be orbited after about 90 minutes following the re-ignition of the fourth stage, Kumar said. Though relieved, many refrained from cheering up in their usual way as the failure of the previous PSLV-C39 launch on Aug 31 a year ago had cost many dear.

It may be recalled that the heat shield had created problem last time.

A visibly relieved ISRO chairman A S Kiran Kumar, on his final mission as the chief of the space agency, said he was happy to provide Cartosat 2 Series as a New Year gift for the country.

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Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) Director K Sivan, who has been named the successor to Kumar, noted that many global customers approached the ISRO for the launch immediately after the PSLV-C39 failure and it showed the confidence that they have in the agency's workhorse launch vehicle. The appointments committee of the Cabinet had already approved the proposal based on the recommendation of a cabinet subcommittee on space for the appointment of VSSC director K Sivan as Secretary, Department of Space and Chairman of Space Commission. Following the 28-hour countdown activities, the 44-metre tall PSLV-C40 rocket lifted off from the first launch pad.

He said that the preparations pertaining to Chandrayaan-2 Mission were in progress to meet the schedule and the flight models were being subjected to various tests. It was the second mission to the moon from India and Isro's target to explore lunar surface with a rover. The mission comprised an orbiter, lander and a six-wheeled rover with instruments to transmit data for analysis on lunar soil. The Indian satellites weighed 710kg including 100kg microsatellite and a 10kg nanosatellite.

The 1st two satellites of this series were carried as co-passenger payloads by PSLV-C37 in February 2017.

Demonstration (MMZ-TD) Payload from Space Application Centre (SAC) of ISRO.

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