ISRO satellite launch: In a pathbreaking feat, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched its 100th satellite from the spaceport of Sriharikota, about 110 km from Chennai. ISRO’s trusted workhorse ‘PSLV-C40’ is carrying the weather observation ‘Cartosat-2’ series satellite and 30 co-passengers (together weighing about 613 kg) at lift-off at 9.28 am. The 28-hour countdown activity of PSLV-C40/Cartosat2 Series Satellite Mission started at 05.29 hours IST yesterday. The 44.4 metre tall rocket is all set to lift off from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota. The total weight of all the 31 satellites carried onboard PSLV-C40 is about 1,323 kgs.
The co-passenger satellites comprise one micro and nanosatellite each from India as well as three micro and 25 nanosatellites from six countries — Canada, Finland, France, Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. The 28 international customer satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangements between ISRO and its commercial arm ‘Antrix Corporation Ltd’. Of the total number of satellites carried by PSLV-C40, 30 satellites will be launched into a 505 kms polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO). K Sivan, now Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre,who has been named the next Secretary of Space Department and Chairman of Space Commission and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), is a native of Tarakkanvilai in Kanyakumari district.
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11:03 am: PSLV’s capability of putting multiple satellites into orbit and satellites into multiple orbit both are being done in a single mission practically. Progressively PSLV has better capability: AS Kiran Kumar, ISRO
11 am: In this mission, everything went as planned and we have been able to put all 30 satellites into orbit: AS Kiran Kumar, ISRO.
10:55 am: Launch of India’s 100th satellite Cartosat-2, along with two co-passenger satellites as well as 28 satellites of six friendly countries, is a moment of pride for every Indian. Congratulations to ISRO team of exceptional scientists. A milestone for our country
10: 40 am: Benefits of India’s success are available to our partners! Out of the 31 Satellites, 28 belonging to 6 other countries are carried by today’s launch: PM Narendra Modi
10:34 am: The launch of the 100th satellite by ISRO signifies both its glorious achievements, and also the bright future of India’s space programme: PM Narendra Modi
10:32 am: My heartiest congratulations to ISRO and its scientists on the successful launch of PSLV today. This success in the New Year will bring benefits of the country’s rapid strides in space technology to our citizens, farmers, fishermen etc: PM Narendra Modi
10:10 am: P Kunhikrishnan, Director SDSC SHAR explains more about the launch of PSLV-C40.
10:05 am: During the last PSLV launch we had problems, today what has happened proves that the problem was properly addressed and rectified. Happy to give this new year gift to the country: AS Kiran, ISRO
9:57 am: Satellite ‘Cartosat-2’ series launch: All nano satellites separated.
9:55 am: “ISRO will release Microsatellites in some time. Cartosat 2 has been launched” says AS Kiran Kumar.
9:54 am: ISRO Chairman AS Kiran Kumar addresses after launch.
9:45 am: ISRO successfully launches 100th satellite Cartosat-2 series from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota.
9:43 am: Satellite ‘Cartosat-2’ series launch: Fourth state engine shut off, Cartosat 2 separated.
9:39 am: Satellite ‘Cartosat-2’ series launch: Third stage has separated and fourth stage engine ignited.
9: 36 am: Payload fairing has successfully separated from satellite ‘Cartosat-2’ series that was launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota.
9:27 am: ISRO launches 100th satellite ‘Cartosat-2’ series from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota.
#WATCH ISRO launches 100th satellite ‘Cartosat-2’ series from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota https://t.co/KkWiKFRJXD
— ANI (@ANI) January 12, 2018
9:19 am: Weather parameters clear at Srikarikota before launch, says ISRO.
9:10 am: The co-passenger satellites comprise one Microsatellite and one Nanosatellite from India as well as 3 Microsatellites and 25 Nanosatellites from six countries.
9:00 am: The total weight of all the 31 satellites carried onboard PSLV-C40 is about 1323 kg.
8:52 am: PSLV-C40 will be launched from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.
8:45 am: This is ISRO’s first mission in 2018, and its first since the unsuccessful launch of IRNSS-1H in August last year.
8:40 am: ISRO ready to launch Cartosat-2 Series satellite on PSLV C40 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
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— ISRO (@isro) January 11, 2018
8:35 am: ISRO to launch its 100th satellite today from Sriharikota. The whole process of lift-off and the placing of satellites in two orbits will take 2 hours 21 minutes the longest so far.
8:25 am: K Sivan, now Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, was named the next Secretary of Space Department and Chairman of Space Commission and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
8:20 am: Today’s launch also marks the first launch for ISRO in 2018 following the unsuccessful mission of navigation satellite IRNSS-1H last year.
8:13 am: ISRO Satellite Centre Director M Annadurai had recently said the launch of 28 satellites from abroad and three Indian satellites during the mission would mark the roll out of the 100th satellite by the space agency.
8:07 am: ISRO ready to launch Cartosat-2 Series satellite on PSLVC40 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh today.
8:01 am: According to ISRO, the Cartosat-2 series satellite launch is a follow-on mission with the primary objective of providing high resolution scene specific spot imageries.
7:55 am: The entire launch of satellites is expected to happen over a period of 2 hours and 21 seconds, ISRO said.
7:49 am: “ISRO launch to bring value addition to PM Shri Narendra Modi’s Transforming India mission”: MoS PMO Jitendra Singh.
— Dr Jitendra Singh (@DrJitendraSingh) January 11, 2018
7: 44 am: “Certainly it is a historic day for us & a great headway for India. It is also to a great extent the patronage available from PM Modi, that ISRO registered successes one after the other”: MoS PMO Jitendra Singh on ISRO‘s 100th satellite launch.
7:40 am: ISRO’s trusted workhorse ‘PSLV-C40’ will carry the weather observation ‘Cartosat-2’ series and 30 satellites.
7:34 am: PSLV-C40/Cartosat-2 Series Satellite Mission is the 100th mission of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
7:30 am: PSLV-C40/Cartosat-2 Series Satellite Mission is Scheduled to be launched on Friday at 09:28 AM.