Reaching out it’s another big milestone, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Friday hits out a century into space and successfully launched it’s 100th satellite Cartosat-2 on Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLVC40) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. In one of the longest mission, it had placed 31 satellites in two different orbits.
In it’s 42nd flight, PSLV-C40 placed 31 different satellites including Cartosat-2 Series, Microsat with 28 foreign nanosatellites and an Indian nanosatellite in orbits. These nanonsatellites are from France, US, the UK, Finland, Korea and Canada. Apart from that the space agency also placed it’s 100th satellite which was built by it’s laboratory. Also, after the successful launch of the satellite ISRO called it a “New Year’s Gift“.
This mission of launching PSLV-C40 means a lot for India in it’s long term benefit ranging from climate predictions and other forecasts. The mission is said to be on progress since last four months since the failure of PSLV-C39. The satellite, which was launched on 31 August last year, got destroyed after the shield gets heated and also the end part of the carrying rocket didn’t open as it is being programmed. The satellite separated from the rocket after which it circled the space within it’s closed heat shield.
Talking on the occasion of 100th satellite, Chairman-designate K Sivan said :
“We are coming to the launch pad after four months. Many of our customers came ready with satellites after our previous failure. It shows their confidence in us. We have some exciting launches coming up including Chandrayan 2, GSLV MKIII and GSLV MKII.”
Also, calling it a successful mission and a tribute to chairman AS Kiran Kumar, he said “Three consecutive launches are planned from second launch pad in addition to those in the first launch pad. The construction of the second assembly centre is in its final phase of completion. A project is underway to increase capability of first launch pad to 15 launches a year.”
It must also be noted that ISRO’s workhorse PSLV rocket is a gigantic one and weighs around 320 tonnes and is 44.4 meters tall which is equivalent to a 15-storey building. The Friday launch of Cartosat-2 Series Satellite will give India and their customer countries regular remote sensing services using it’s specialised panchromatic and multispectral cameras. The images send by these satellites will ultimately be useful for urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, road network monitoring, creation of land use maps, etc. It can also be used for taking land information system (LIS) as well as geographical information system (GIS). Therefore, the launch of these satellites held a great importance not only for India but also it’s partner countries in long term benefit.
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