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Posted at: Jan 13, 2018, 2:16 AM; last updated: Jan 13, 2018, 10:36 AM (IST)

ISRO hits a ton

Puts India’s 100th satellite into orbit

Sriharikota (AP), January 12

India today reaffirmed its space prowess and commercial launch capabilities with the Indian Space Research Organisation successfully launching 100th satellite along with 30 other spacecraft, including weather observation Cartosat 2 series, onboard the polar rocket from here. This was PSLV’s longest-ever mission.

With the successful launch, including 28 satellites from foreign countries, by the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), ISRO put behind a rare failure it encountered four months ago. ISRO had suffered a setback after the failure of the earlier PSLV-C39 mission in August last year.

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The previous mission to launch backup navigation satellite IRNSS-1H on board PSLV-C39 had failed after the heat shield did not separate in the final leg of the launch sequence, with the satellite getting stuck in the fourth stage of the rocket. Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed ISRO scientists for the successful PSLV C-40 mission.

“The launch of the 100th satellite by @isro signifies both its glorious achievements, and also the bright future of India’s space programme,” he said a tweet.

A visibly relieved ISRO Chairman AS 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 is starting 2018 with the successful launch... all satellites have been released. So far Cartosat performance is satisfactory,” he said at the mission control room. He said the previous launch faced a heat shield problem and an ISRO committee has addressed it and taken steps to ensure the vehicle was “robust”. — PTI

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