PM congratulates ISRO team for the successful launch of its 100th satellite

Sean Reid
January 12, 2018

India's position in the space club further moved up with the launching the 100th satellite along with 30 others of foreign countries. This was one of the keenly followed missions in the aftermath of an expected failure suffered in August previous year.

On August 31, India's mission to launch its backup navigation satellite IRNSS-1H on board PSLV-C39 failed after a technical fault on the final leg following a flawless launch.

Of the 28 foreign satellites, launched as part of deals made by ISRO's commercial arm Antrix Corporation Limited, three were microsatellites and 25 nanosatellites.

Today's is the third satellite in the series, after Cartosat-2A and 2B. This is carrying 31 satellites, together with three from India and 28 from six other nations.

All 31 satellites were launched from a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) off the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, about 100 kms from Chennai. Though PSLV has seamlessly carried out 39 consecutive successfully launches, the last failure has thrown up several questions on the technology being used.

"The microsatellite will be India's 100th satellite in space", ISRO Satellite Centre Director M. Annadurai had told IANS on Tuesday.

Heat shield PSLV rocket, a known workhorse, failed to separate after launch. "The propellant filling operation of the fourth stage of PSLV-C40 is under progress", said an update on ISRO's website on Thursday.

The launch is estimated to take 7 minutes and 15 seconds, and the telecast will be both in Hindi and English.

Its primary objective is to provide high resolution scene specific spot imageries that would help in urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, road network monitoring, water distribution and geographical information system applications among others.

It will mark the PSLV's return-to-flight after a four-month grounding in the wake of a failure in August.

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