Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

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

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

In what would be a significant landmark in India's space history, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is all set to launch its 100 satellite along 30 others in a single mission.

The Indian Space Research Organisation has successfully launched its 100th satellite into space.

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. It was the second mission to the moon from India and Isro's target to explore lunar surface with a rover. The total weight of all the satellites is estimated around 1323 kg, as per ISRO's official website. "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.

The co-passenger satellites include a microsatellite and one nanosatellite from India along with 3 microsatellites and 25 nanosatellites from other countries.

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

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"It was a flawless launch, the analysis was done and all satellites are appropriately placed", said LPSC director after the successful launch of PSLV-C40.

India will use its latest satellites for better border surveillance and to obtain high-resolution images of the earth.

The launch took place at 9:28 local time from the first launch pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota, in Andhra Pradesh. No wonder, Pakistan is unnerved by ISRO's most recent success.

The space program budget of India is around $4 billion and Modi's government is hopeful that the latest launches will help in improving India's prospects of gaining an even larger share of the global space industry, which costs over $300 billion.

A day after the launch, ISRO has released a video of the entire process of the satellite launch, shot by an onboard camera.

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