ISRO all set to launch Cartosat-2 series satellite

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In a milestone event in the country's space history, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) today launched its 100th satellite along-with 30 others in a single mission. The satellites are to be launched in two orbits which makes the mission a unique one according to scientists. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, the space agency's workhorse, carried 28 other satellites from Canada, Finland, France, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the US.

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.

Earlier, at the end of the 28-hours countdown, the 44.4 meters tall PSLV-C40 in its 42nd flight, lifted off at 9.29 am and soared into a cloudy sky from the first launch pad.

The Indian satellites are 710 kg Cartosat-2 series for Earth observation as the primary satellite of the mission, along with co-passenger payloads, including 100 kg micro satellite and a 10 kg nano satellite.

The launch follows the failed August 31 mission where after a stable launch, the backup navigation satellite IRNSS-1H PSLV-39 suffered from a technical fault in its final leg and could not be put back in orbit.

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Today's satellite launch took place after a failed launch four months before.

"The launch of the 100th satellite by @isro signifies both its glorious achievements, and also the bright future of India's space programme", he said a tweet. This is carrying 31 satellites, together with three from India and 28 from six other nations.

359 km polar SSO after bringing down the orbital height by reigniting the fourth stage of PSLV twice.

It is the third satellite from the Cartosat-2 series.

The Cartosat-2, whose imagery will be used to develop various land and geographical information system applications, was placed in a circular polar sun synchronous orbit 505 km from the Earth.

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