Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

ISRO scores a century! PSLV C-40/Cartosat-2 mission deemed successful

ISRO scores a century! PSLV C-40/Cartosat-2 mission deemed successful

The ISRO launched 100th satellite from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on Friday.

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.

The 30 other satellites include two other satellites from India and 28 satellites from six countries - Canada, Finland, France, Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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Early on January 12, over four decades after the Aryabhata was put in space, ISRO marked the successful launch of its 100th Indian-made satellite from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. He said, "Many customers have come to ISRO for their launch immediately after our last failure". This would be the 42nd flight of the PSLV.

Cartosat-2 series satellite is the primary satellite carried by PSLV-C40. This was the first mission after the failure of the PSLV on August 31, 2017, where the heat shield malfunctioned, as a result of which the satellite failed to enter orbit. "Out of the 31 Satellites, 28 belonging to 6 other countries are carried by today's launch".

India, too, is sending one micro and nano satellite. "This is a technology demonstrator and the forerunner for future satellites of this series", the ISRO said.

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A similar kind of process was taken up during the launch of SCATSAT-1 on-board PSLV-C35 in September 2016 in which the fourth stage engine was restarted and later cut off for launching the satellite.

The Cartosat-2 remote-sensing satellite, the main payload onboard the PSLV C-40, will boost data services for users that will be used in urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, monitoring of road networks, water distribution, land use mapping. In this context, ISRO has taken four-month interval to revisit some of the core areas.

"The satellite-heat shield assembly is tumbling in space", K. Sivan, the current director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre who will take over as the next ISRO chairman, told news IANS in September a year ago.

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