Months After Failed Bid, ISRO Launches 100th Satellite: 10 Facts

Months After Failed Bid, ISRO Launches 100th Satellite: 10 Facts

In what would be a significant landmark in India's space history, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is all set to launch its 100 satellite along 30 others in a single mission.

The launch is scheduled at 9.28 am from the first launch pad of Shar on Friday.

# The 28-hour countdown activity of PSLV-C40/Cartosat2 Series Satellite Mission started at 05.29 am on Thursday.

Along with the weather observation Cartosat-2 series which weighs 710 kg, the PSLV C-40 will carry 30 satellites weighing a total of 613 kg at lift-off.

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.

Today's launch comes after the unsuccessful mission of navigation satellite IRNSS-1H in 2017.

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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.

The six strap-on solid rocket boosters - four ignited on the ground and two in the air - will all complete their burns and jettison from the PSLV by T+plus 1 minute, 32 seconds. It has 31 co-passengers, including the Cartosat-2.

The PSLV's first failure came past year, during its 39th mission.

# As an observational satellite, Cartosat will beam high-quality images for cartographic, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation and utility management like road network monitoring.

Based on information provided by ISRO, the Cartosat 2 series satellite is the third satellite in the Cartosat series which is made with the objective of providing high-resolution scene-specific spot imagery which will be used for Land Information System (LIS) as well as Geographical Information System (GIS)-based applications.

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