ISRO hits century; launches Cartosat satellite, 30 others


The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) today put 31 satellites into orbit, including national Cartosat-2, in the restart of a new operation cycle after a four-month pause.

The Indian Space Research Organisation has successfully launched its 100th satellite into space.

"India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its forty second flight (PSLV-C40), will launch the 710 kg Cartosat-2 Series Satellite for earth observation and 30 co-passenger satellites together weighing about 613 kg at lift-off".

The images sent by Cartosat-2 series satellite will be useful for cartographic applications, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, road network monitoring, water distribution, the creation of land use maps and change detection to bring out geographical Land Information Systems and Geographical Information System applications, Isro stated. The total weight of all the satellites is estimated around 1323 kg, as per ISRO's official website.

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The 31 satellites were placed in two different orbits in one mission, in one of the keenly watched missions that comes after a failed launch in August a year ago.

The satellites would be placed in their intended different orbits finally after manoeuvres from the space agency's Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan in Karnataka, about 180 km from Bengaluru. The latest satellites will be used by India to obtain high-resolution images of the planet and for better border surveillance.

India's space program is reportedly one of the most cost-effective in the world.

On his return here after the successful launch, VSSC director and Isro chairman-designate K Sivan said, "All stages were performed well, PSLV-C40 launch was successful". No wonder, Pakistan is unnerved by ISRO's most recent success. In February 2017, ISRO set a world record for sending 104 satellites on a single rocket.

2018 is going to be one of the most ambitious years for ISRO as it plans to launch a minimum of one satellite every month. Then another GSLV MK-II is planned to launch Chandrayaan-II moon mission in April.