India made anastronomic history as the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched its 100th satellite ‘Cartosat-2 Series’ along with 30 others in a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C40) from its spaceport of Sriharikota in Andra Pradesh.
ISRO had wiped off all the rumors of disrupt after the failure of last satellite launch.
ISRO Launches Its 100th Satellite
A key component that had failed in August worked this time. The lift-off was postponed by a minute because of the fright of collision with space debris.The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle or PSLV lifted off at 9.29 am on January 12, 2018. This was the 42nd flight of the PSLV.
The 44.4-metre tall PSLV-C40 went into the clear sky after a perfect lift-off post 28-hour countdown. The 320-tonne rocket evicted the satellites one-by-one and deployed them into the earth’s lower orbit about 17 minutes and 18 seconds after the lift-off.
The total weight of all the 31 satellites carried on-board PSLV-C40 was around 1,323 kgs.
Among the 28 international co-passenger satellites, nineteenwere from US, five belonged to South Korea and one each from Canada, France, UK and Finland. The co-passenger satellites encompassed one micro and nano satellite each from India as well as three micro and 25 nano satellites from six countries — Canada, Finland, France, Korea, the United Kingdom and United States of America.
PM Modi tweeted in regards to the success and congratulated the ISRO.
My heartiest congratulations to @isro and its scientists on the successful launch of PSLV today. This success in the New Year will bring benefits of the country’s rapid strides in space technology to our citizens, farmers, fishermen etc.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 12, 2018