ISRO successfully launches 100th satellite, first mission after IRNSS-1H failure


All you need to know about India's 100th satellite

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.

The co-passengers on Friday's launch include Telesat's second prototype broadband communications satellite, following on the loss of the Canadian company's first experimental high-speed Internet craft on a failed Soyuz/Fregat rocket launch in late November.

PSLV-C40 will be launched from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota on Friday at 9.29 am.

Worldwide customer satellites are three micro and 25 nano-satellites from six countries - Canada, Finland, France, Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

In 2014, for instance, ISRO's successful Mars Orbiter Mission, Mangalyaan, made headlines for costing a fraction of what Hollywood spent on the science fiction space thriller Gravity.

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

It will mark the PSLV's return-to-flight after a four-month grounding in the wake of a failure in August.

Its own space agency may be miles behind that of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) but that has not stopped a rather jittery Pakistan from warning India against ISRO's historic launch of its 100th satellite - along with 30 others. The total weight of all the satellites is estimated around 1323 kg, as per ISRO's official website. "Happy to give this new year gift to the country", ISRO chairman AS Kiran said after the launch.

The Indian satellites are 710 kg Cartosat-2 series for earth observation, a 100 kg micro satellite and a 5 kg nano satellite.

ISRO made nearly Rs 300 crore from foreign satellite launches in 2016-17 and officials have maintained over the past year that smaller satellite launches will play a big role in the future. The Cartosat-2 series would orbit around the Earth for five years. The IRNSS-1H satellite it was carrying could not be placed in the orbit following a snag in the final leg of the mission in August 2017.

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