India launches 100th home-grown satellite

The Indian Space Research Organisation will conduct landing simulation tests for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft at Mahendragiri in coming weeks

India launches 100th home-grown satellite

The PSLV-C40 successfully launched three satellites of India, besides 20 customer ones into designated orbit with textbook precision from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Shar, Sriharikota in SPSR Nellore district on Friday.

India launched its 100th satellite on Friday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to project the country as a global low-priced provider of services in space.

The opening mission of 2018 was considered crucial for ISRO as the previous PSLV launch came as a setback to scientists as the backup navigation satellite IRNSS-1H could not be placed in orbit following a snag in the final leg of the PSLV-C39 mission in August a year ago. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) has launched "Cartosat-2" series satellite along with 30 co-passenger satellite at 9.28 a.m. ISRO has also adopted an optimum sequence so as to avoid any kind of collisions.

"The launch of the 100th satellite by (the ISRO) signifies both its glorious achievements and also the bright future of India's space programme", Mr Modi said on Twitter. Modi stated in another tweet.

The other 30 satellites - 28 are from other countries - together weighed 613 kg.

The 28 satellites from other countries were launched as a part of a commercial arrangement made between India's space agency and Antrix Corporation Ltd.

Cartosat-2, weighing 710 kilograms, is one of the series of the same name and aims to provide high-resolution images of the Earth for cartographic applications, monitoring of the road network, use of coastal land and the regulation and management of public services.

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Experts have said that the PSLV-C40 is a very sophisticated surveillance tool.

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) today put 31 satellites into orbit, including national Cartosat-2, in the restart of a new operation cycle after a four-month pause.

India's space agency has steadily increased its satellite count and even taken to launching foreign satellites.

The space program budget of India is around $4 billion and Modi's government is hopeful that the latest launches will help in improving India's prospects of gaining an even larger share of the global space industry, which costs over $300 billion.

"ISRO is starting 2018 with the successful launch. all customer satellites (besides Cartosat and nanosat) released and the microast after one hour".

The launch of the second national probe to the Moon: Chandrayaan-2 (lunar vehicle, in Sanskrit) in March 2019, is among the most striking proposals.

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