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ISRO eyes a century! All set for PSLV-C40/Cartosat-2 launch today

REUTERS  BabuA PSLV C-12 blasts off from Satish Dhawan space centre at Sriharikota REUTERS BabuA PSLV C-12 blasts off from Satish Dhawan space centre at Sriharikota
Nellie Chapman | 12 January, 2018, 06:40

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched 100th satellite from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on Friday. On its 42nd mission, ISRO's trusted workhorse "PSLV-C40" will carry the weather observation "Cartosat-2" series satellite and 30 co-passengers at lift-off at 9.28 am.

The total weight of all the 31 satellites carried on-board PSLV-C40 is about 1,323 kgs. This is ISRO's first Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) mission after the unsuccessful launch of the navigation satellite IRNSS-1H a year ago.

"When the last satellite is ejected out it will become the hundredth satellite.the first century we have done", ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC) director M Annadurai had told PTI. The last launch of IRNSS-1H - India's first privately built satellite - on August 31 past year had failed because of a freak accident.

"PM Narendra Modi has arranged a brainstorming session between space scientists and officials from different government departments so that they could understand the diverse applications of space technology in transforming India", he added.

India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle stands poised for liftoff Friday.

The co-passenger satellites include a microsatellite and one nanosatellite from India along with 3 microsatellites and 25 nanosatellites from other countries.

The Cartosat series of satellites, which are indigenous to India, feature panchromatic, multi-spectral cameras operating in Time Delay Integration mode.

# According to ISRO, the Cartosat-2 series satellite launch is a follow-on mission with the primary objective of providing high resolution scene specific spot imageries.

At two hours, 21 minutes and 62 seconds, this will be the longest flight of the four-stage Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).

The new Cartosat-2 satellite's functioning is similar to the PSLV C-38/Cartosat-2 launch, which took place on June 23, 2017. It weighs 710 kg and is used for earth observation.