Indian Space Agency Successfully Launches Country's 100th Satellite

Indian Space Agency Successfully Launches Country's 100th Satellite

India had in February past year launched 104 satellites in a single mission.

The PSLV C-40/Cartosat-2 was launched from the Sriharikota base, where the Cartosat-2 was successfully separated from the heat shield of the launch vehicle, unlike the August 31 launch, during which the heat shield failed to separate from the satellite.

India's space program has a budget of around $4 billion and Modi's government hopes the latest launches will improve its prospects of winning a larger share of the more than $300 billion global space industry. A visibly relieved Kiran Kumar, on his final mission as the chief of the space agency, said he was happy to provide Cartosat 2 Series as a New Year gift for the country.

ISRO made nearly Rs 300 crore from foreign satellite launches in 2016-17 and officials have maintained over the past year that smaller satellite launches will play a big role in the future.

The 41st flight had a normal lift-off and everything happened as planned, according to ISRO, but failed to launch due to a glitch in heat-shield separation.

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

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ISRO said that it will be launching 30 new satellites in the coming days. However, he also added that after 100 successes there can still be failures.

PSLV C-40 rocket to launch Cartosat, 30 satellites from United States, other nations in single mission from Sriharikota.

The 44.4-metre tall Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C40) roared into a clear sky after a ideal lift-off at 9.29 am following a 28-hour countdown.

A total of 31 small satellites were launched into space on Friday. "The propellant filling operation of the fourth stage of PSLV-C40 is under progress", said an update on ISRO's website on Thursday.

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.

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