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ISRO set to launch its 100th satellite today, along with 30 others

12 January 2018

India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its forty second flight (PSLV-C40), launched the 710 kg Cartosat-2 Series Satellite for earth observation and 30 co-passenger satellites together weighing about 613 kg at lift-off.

Of the 31 satellites, three are Indian and 28 are from six countries: Canada, Finland, France, South Korea, UK and the US.

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There are only three Indian satellites among the 31 that ISRO is launching today at 9:29 AM under its first mission in 2018 - the PSLV-C40/Cartosat-2 Series Satellite Mission. The failure stranded the IRNSS 1H satellite on the PSLV's upper stage, leaving it unable to separate from the rocket to begin its mission.

The Cartosat-2 remote-sensing satellite is the main payload aboard the PSLV C-40.

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The 28 worldwide customer satellites are being launched as part of a commercial deal between Antrix, a Government of India company under the Department of Space, and global customers.

The co-passengers on Friday's launch include Telesat's second prototype broadband communications satellite, following on the loss of the Canadian company's first experimental high-speed Internet craft on a failed Soyuz/Fregat rocket launch in late November. While the department of space has been speaking about allowing private players to build rockets in future, which is expected to increase the frequency of launches, Sivan said: "We're already in the process of moving it to the industry and it will take some time for it to materialize". ISRO had successfully launched Cartosat-2 Series satellite on June 22, 2016.

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Of the total number of satellites carried by PSLV-C40, 30 satellites will be launched into a 505 kms polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO). The Cartosat-2 series satellite launch is a follow-on mission with the primary objective of providing high resolution scene specific spot imageries.

ISRO set to launch its 100th satellite today, along with 30 others