Friday, 20 July, 2018

India launches 100th home-grown satellite

PM Narendra Modi congratulates ISRO for successful 100th satellite launch India launches 100th home-grown satellite
Kenny Thornton | 13 January, 2018, 09:42

ISRO scientists have said that the images, which the satellites collect, will enable Indian security agency to keep a track of military activities in neighboring Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, China, and Pakistan.

Nellore: Putting aside the doubts over its performance, following the failure of its earlier flight (PSLV-C39) in August previous year, Isro's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle was back with a bang, enhancing confidence of scientists on its prowess.

Sriharikota: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday congratulated the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on the successful launch of the 100th satellite. The Cartosat-2 series satellite launch is a follow-on mission with the primary objective of providing high-resolution scene-specific spot imageries.

The previous mission to launch backup navigation satellite IRNSS-1H on board PSLV-C39 had failed after the heat shield did not separate in the final leg of the launch sequence, with the satellite getting stuck in the fourth stage of the rocket.

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He said the previous launch faced a heat shield problem and an ISRO committee has addressed it and taken steps to ensure the vehicle was ‘robust. The total weight of all the satellites combined was 1,323kg which will be deployed in the lower orbit after the lift-off. So far Cartosat performance is satisfactory, ” he said at the mission control room. Indian Nanosatellite 1C (INS-1C) is an 11-kilogram (25 lb) spacecraft which carries the Miniature Multispectral Technology Demonstration (MMX-TD) experiment, an imaging payload for ISRO's Space Applications Centre that will be used for mapping, vegetation monitoring and studies of aerosols and clouds in the atmosphere. Shar director Kunhi Krishnan said the success was a tribute to the outgoing chairman A.S. Kirankumar and a welcome to chairman-designate Dr K. Sivan.

After that 30 other smaller satellites are placed one by one.

Of 31 satellites, three are Indian and 28 are from Canada, Finland, France, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the US.

The foreign satellites are commercial launches of the space agency's arm Antrix Corp. The first stage of GSLV-MII is already assembled and the preparations are on for its launch.

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