Mehbooba congratulates ISRO for successfully launching its 100th satellite

  • Mehbooba congratulates ISRO for successfully launching its 100th satellite

Mehbooba congratulates ISRO for successfully launching its 100th satellite

The Indian Space Research Organisation's workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C40) on Friday placed Cartosat-2 Series and 29 other satellites in orbit.

The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle or PSLV lifted off at 09.29 am from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh and a key component that had failed in August worked this time, causing scientists to gasp in relief at having crossed a major hurdle. "Happy to give this new year gift to the country".

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.

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.

"The problem is properly understood and rectified", he said.

2017: Successfully tests GSLV MK3 to enable India to send man to space by 2020. Three consecutive launches are planned from second launch pad in addition to those in the first launch pad.

"This mission is an excellent tribute to our chairman AS Kiran Kumar and a welcome to chairman-designate K Sivan".

Blasting-off on a lovely misty morning from the first launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, which about 100 km from Chennai, 44.4 metre tall PSLV-C40 has roared into upper atmosphere with a lift-off mass of 320 tonne as majestically as ever.

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. The 28 other satellites are from Canada, Finland, France, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the US. "With a capability to carry up to 3 kg of payload and a total satellite mass of 11 kg, it offers vast opportunities for future use", the ISRO said.

"ISRO is starting 2018 with the successful launch. all customer satellites (besides Cartosat and nanosat) released and the microast after one hour".

"The mission was important. We have made rigorous changes after the failure".

The Aug. 31 failure broke a string of 39 successful PSLV missions in a row since 1993.

This will be ISRO's first launch in 2018 and also the first after the unsuccessful mission of IRNSS-1H in August previous year.