With 31 satellites aboard PSLV, ISRO launches its 100th satellite


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

The 31 satellites with a combined weight of 1,323 kg were integrated with the PSLV for deploying them in the earth's lower orbit after lift off. PSLV-C40 was launched from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. Among the 28 worldwide co-passenger satellites, 19 belong to the USA, five from South Korea and one each from Canada, France, UK and Finland.

The PSLV-C40 is to place 31 satellites, three Indian and 28 foreign including those of the UK, US, France, Canada, Finland and the Republic of Korea. It has 31 co-passengers, including the Cartosat-2.

The launch of the PSLV C-40 can be viewed live on the official website of the ISRO on Friday 9 am (IST) onwards.

"When the last satellite is ejected out, it will become the hundredth satellite. the first century we have done".

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Referring to the PSLV-C39 failure, Annadurai said ISRO had understood it and repeated tests had been conducted to ensure that such problems did not reoccur. This mission had lasted two hours and 15 minutes, ISRO scientists said.

"This is a very special moment for ISRO", said K Sivan after the launch was deemed successful. "With a capability to carry up to 3 kg of payload and a total satellite mass of 11 kg, it offers huge opportunities for future use", the ISRO said.

# It carries panchromatic and multi-spectral cameras operating in Time Delay Integration mode and is capable of delivering high resolution data.

A solid-fueled third stage and liquid-fueled fourth stage will complete the task of placing the satellites into orbit, with separation of Cartosat 2F - the mission's prime payload - scheduled for T+plus 17 minutes, 18 seconds.

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