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January 12, 2018

ISRO Successfully launches its 100th Satellite - Important Highlights

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) today achieved a major milestone by successfully launching it's 100th satellite from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota. Four months after it's failed launch of  IRNSS-1H (India's first privately built satellite) on 31st August 2017, ISRO today successfully placed Cartosat-2 Series and 30 other satellites in orbit. This is ISRO’s 42nd mission. ISRO’s trusted workhorse ‘PSLV-C40’ carried the satellites. Here are the important highlights of ISRO's 100th satellite launch.

ISRO 100th Satellite Launch Highlights

  • ISRO's workhorse PSLV rocket weighs nearly 320 tonnes and stands up to 44.4 meters, equivalent to a 15-storey building.
  • The 30 other satellites include two other satellites from India and 28 satellites from six countries. Namely,
    • Canada, 
    • Finland, 
    • France, 
    • Korea, 
    • United Kingdom
    • United States.
  • This mission is a unique one, since the satellites will be launched in two orbits. 30 of the satellites will be launched in an orbit 550 km about, and one 359-km above the Earth. This will be done through what scientists call the "multiple burn technology" under which the rocket's engine is switched off and then switched on to control its height.
  • NAViC, a system of seven satellites, powers India's powerful homegrown Global Positioning System.
  • The whole process of placing the satellites in two orbits will take 2 hours 21 minutes -- the longest so far. 
  • The 710-kg earth observation satellite the PSLV is carrying the third in the Cartosat 2 series. The last satellite of the series had been launched successfully in June 2016.
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