Mehbooba congratulates ISRO for successfully launching its 100th satellite

Ivan Schwartz
January 12, 2018

The ISRO launched 100th satellite from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on Friday.

Other satellites comprise one micro and nano satellite each from India as well as three micro and 25 nanosatellites from six countries - Canada, Finland, France, South Korea, Britain and the United States.

January 12 (NT): ISRO successfully launched its 100th satellite "PSLV-C40 / Cartosat-2 Series Satellite" from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota Island of iAndhra Pradesh on Friday at 09:28 Hrs (IST).

Following the successful launch of today's PSLV-C40, ISRO officials congratulated the team to have executed the mission in a short span of time even after failure.

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.

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ISRO prepared for the PSLV comeback launch today. The weight of all the satellites put together is about 1,323 kg. Between these two orbits, the engine of the PSLV's fourth stage will be re-activated twice. The failure stranded the IRNSS 1H satellite on the PSLV's upper stage, leaving it unable to separate from the rocket to begin its mission. The launch is expected to take two hours and 21 seconds.

"The satellite-heat shield assembly is tumbling in space", K. Sivan, the current director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre who will take over as the next ISRO chairman, told news IANS in September previous year.

"All space technologies, including earth observation satellites, are inherently dual use and can be employed for both civilian and military purposes and therefore it is essential that such pursuits are not directed towards a build-up of destabilizing military capabilities, which can negatively impact the regional strategic stability", read a statement.

It is the third satellite from the Cartosat-2 series. "We are coming to the launch pad after four months".

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