Thursday, 19 April, 2018

ISRO's journey from Aryabhata to its 100th Indian satellite

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Preston Stone | 12 January, 2018, 09:13

The co-passenger satellites comprise of one Microsatellite and one Nanosatellite from India as well as 3 Microsatellites and 25 Nanosatellites from six countries, namely, Canada, Finland, France, Republic of Korea, UK, and the USA.

The Indian Space Research Organisation began a 28-hour countdown for the launch of PSLV-C40/Cartosat 2 Series satellite mission+ at 5.29am on Thursday, according to an update on Isro's website. "Out of the 31 Satellites, 28 belonging to 6 other countries are carried by today's launch", Prime Minister said on Twitter.

"The launch by "@isro signifies both its glorious achievements, and also the bright future of India's space programme", he said a tweet.

As the missile launch takes place in stages, all the four stages, the detaching of heat shields, have been completed successfully and the status is normal for now. Cartosat-2 series was the first to be separated from the rocket and injected into the sun synchronous orbit at 505km above the earth, followed by the 10 kg nano satellite and the 100 kg micro-sat in different orbits.

ISRO is helping not just India but several other countries in putting communication, navigation and other satellites into orbit.

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The 28 global customer satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangements between ISRO and its commercial arm "Antrix Corporation Ltd".

The opening mission of 2018 was considered crucial for ISRO as the previous PSLV launch had been a setback to scientists.

The Cartosat-2 remote-sensing satellite, the main payload onboard the PSLV C-40, will boost data services for users that will be used in urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, monitoring of road networks, water distribution, land use mapping.

"This is a very special moment for ISRO", said K Sivan after the launch was deemed successful. The Cartosat-2 series would orbit around the Earth for five years.

ISRO said that it will be launching 30 new satellites in the coming days.

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