March 20, 2018

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

12 January 2018, 12:12 | Austin Hogan

INS-1C with its panels in deployed condition | Express

INS-1C with its panels in deployed condition | Express

The 44.4-metre tall Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C40) roared into a clear sky after a ideal lift-off at 9.29 am following a 28-hour countdown. The last launch of IRNSS-1H - India's first privately built satellite - on August 31 past year had failed because of a freak accident.

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. PSLV-C40 will launch the 710 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation and 30 co-passengers (together weighing about 613 kg).

India's workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) has regained its "sky" worthiness on Friday successfully placing 31 satellites in two different orbits in one mission.

Liftoff of the four-stage PSLV, boosted by six strap-on solid-fueled rocket motors, is scheduled for 0358 GMT Friday (10:58 p.m. EST Thursday) from the Satish Dhawan Space Center on India's eastern coastline, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of the port city of Chennai.

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The space agency is looking forward to major missions - the second onboard the GSLV and the Chandrayaan II launch - this year and by June, it hopes to deploy 250 satellites.

The launch of the 100th satellite by ISRO signifies both its glorious achievements, and also the bright future of India's space programme.

This will be the third satellite in the Cartosat-2 series.

A similar kind of process was taken up during the launch of SCATSAT-1 on-board PSLV-C35 in September 2016 in which the fourth stage engine was restarted and later cut off for launching the satellite. "We have some exciting launches coming up including Chandrayaan 2, GSLV MKIII and GSLV MKII" said Isro chairman-designate K Sivan. The images will be used for cartographic applications, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps among other things. In this context, ISRO has taken four-month interval to revisit some of the core areas.

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