India sends its 100th satellite into space

Following the 28-hour countdown the 44-metre tall PSLV-C40 rocket lifted off from the first launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 9.29

Contrary to the media reports over Isro's century with respect to satellites of India with the launch of three satellites of the country on Friday, Isro chairman A.S. Kirankumar said the number referred to satellites rolled out of Isro's satellite centre in Bengaluru.

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. It was the second mission to the moon from India and Isro's target to explore lunar surface with a rover.

India today reaffirmed its space prowess and commercial launch capabilities as it successfully launched its 100th satellite along with 30 other spacecraft, including weather observation Cartosat 2 Series satellite onboard the Polar rocket from here.This was PSLVs longest-ever mission. The total weight of the liftoff was reportedly about 1323 kilograms.

India launched its 100th indigenously made satellite yesterday, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to project the country as a global low-priced provider of services in space. Happy to give this new year gift to the country. Modi stated in another tweet.

"PSLV-C40 is a highly sophisticated surveillance tool to keep an eye on Indian borders and will help the government track progress of infrastructure projects", science writer Pallava Bagla, the co-author of Reaching For The Stars: India's Journey To Mars, was quoted by Reuters as saying.

The main satellite aboard the PSLV-C40, 710kg Cartosat-2 series, is the seventh in a constellation of similar remote sensing satellites that ISRO has built up in space.

India's space program is reportedly one of the most cost-effective in the world.

The 1st two satellites of this series were carried as co-passenger payloads by PSLV-C37 in February 2017.

India's space programme has a budget of around US$4 billion (S$5.3 billion) and the Modi government hopes that the latest launches will improve its prospects of winning a larger share of the more than US$300 billion global space industry.

2018 is going to be one of the most ambitious years for ISRO as it plans to launch a minimum of one satellite every month. "This mission is definitely showing the green flag for the exciting high profile missions in 2018 such as the Chandryaan 2, GSLV MK 3 then GSAT-11", he said.

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