The main satellite aboard the PSLV-C40, 710kg Cartosat-2 series, is the seventh in a constellation of similar remote sensing satellites that ISRO has built up in space. Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed ISRO scientists for the successful PSLV C-40 mission. With the successful launch, including 28 satellites from foreign countries, ISRO put behind a rare failure it encountered four months ago.
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Friday successfully launched its 100th satellite along with 30 others in two different orbits in a single mission from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre here.
National television broadcasted live the departure at 09:29, local time, of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), the rocket moving the satellites into space.
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Of the 31 satellites, three are Indian and the rest are from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Finland, and South Korea.
The lift-off was postponed by a minute because of fear of collision with space debris. "Out of the 31 Satellites, 28 belonging to 6 other countries are carried by today's launch". India will use its latest satellites for better border surveillance and obtaining high resolution images of the earth.
Today's satellite launch also marks the first for ISRO in 2018 following the unsuccessful mission of navigation satellite IRNSS-1H past year.
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The 28 global customer satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangements between Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), a Government of India company under Department of Space (DOS), the commercial arm of Isro and the worldwide customers. "So far Cartosat performance is satisfactory", he said.
Two scientists at the ISRO said that the images collected by the satellites will be used by Indian security agencies to track military activities in neighbouring Pakistan, China, Bangladesh Sri Lanka and Nepal, according to Reuters. Then another GSLV MK-II is planned to launch Chandrayaan-II moon mission in April. Sivan is set to take charge as the new Isro chairman by next week.
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