C40 Successfully Launches Cartosat-2 Series Satellite

C40 Successfully Launches Cartosat-2 Series Satellite

C40 Successfully Launches Cartosat-2 Series Satellite

India launched its 100th satellite on Friday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to project the country as a global low-priced provider of services in space.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launches 31 satellites, including three of India and 28 of six other countries.

Today's satellite launch also marks the first for ISRO in 2018 following the unsuccessful mission of navigation satellite IRNSS-1H a year ago. It should be noted that this is the longest missile launch that ISRO has handled, as it will take 2 hours 21 minutes to to reach the space and the two orbits.

"During the last PSLV launch we had problems, today what has happened proves that the problem was properly addressed and rectified".

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And despite several glitches and failures over the years, most recently in August 2017 when a faulty heat shield prevented the launch of a navigation satellite, ISRO has persevered, gradually increasing its satellite count and even carrying foreign satellites. "Happy to give this new year gift to the country", AS Kiran, ISRO chairman said after the launch. The weight of all the satellites put together is about 1,323 kg.

# "The micro satellite will be India's 100th satellite in space", ISRO Satellite Centre Director M. Annadurai said.

The 41st flight had a normal lift-off and everything happened as planned, according to ISRO, but failed to launch due to a glitch in heat-shield separation. This was also the first launch for ISRO in 2018. Though PSLV has seamlessly carried out 39 consecutive successfully launches, the last failure has thrown up several questions on the technology being used. Cartosat-2 series was the first to be separated from the rocket and injected into the sun synchronous orbit at 505km above the earth, followed by the 10 kg nano satellite and the 100 kg micro-sat in different orbits. "We are coming to the launch pad after four months".

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