ISRO Creates History, Successfully Launches Its 100th Satellite; Launched Cartosat-2 successfully along With Other 30 co-passengers satellites


Indian Space agency ISRO achieve an another major milestone on Friday with the launch of the Cartosat-2 satellite and 30 co-passengers (together weighing about 613 kg). In the history of Indian space agency, this was the 100th satellite launched by ISRO.

This was ISRO's 42nd mission and was successfully lifted by the ISRO's trusted workhorse The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle or ‘PSLV-C40'. The lift-off took place at 9.28 am from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. Today’s launch also marks the first launch for ISRO in 2018 following the unsuccessful mission of navigation satellite IRNSS-1H last year.


This launch event witness the launch of 31 satellites in total from countries including India and six other countries. The 31 satellites lifted off by PSLV-C40 was consists of a Cartosat-2 satellite from India and 30 co-passengers (together weighing about 613 kg) from 6 other countries. By this launch, ISRO has set another example of space cooperation.

The Cartosat 2 is a surveillance satellite and is the third satellite in the Cartosat-2 series. The Cartosat 2 was part of India's 100th satellite and was placed into sun-synchronous orbit according to ISRO. ISRO had successfully launched Cartosat-2 Series satellite on June 22, 2016. It is similar to the earlier Cartosat-2, 2A and 2B.


The images sent by Cartosat-2 series satellite will be useful for cartographic applications, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps and change detection to bring out geographical Land Information Systems and Geographical Information System applications.

The other 30 co-passenger satellites launched along with Cartosat-2 comprise one micro and nano satellite each from India as well as three micro and 25 nanosatellites from six countries — Canada, Finland, France, Korea, the United Kingdom and United States of America. The total weight of all the 31 satellites carried on-board PSLV-C40 is about 1,323 kgs.


It was the first mission for ISRO in 2018 and its success means a lot to the nation. After the unsuccessful launch of IRNSS-1H in August last year, this mission signifies a bright future ahead for the Indian space agency.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with several other proud Indians tweeted their best wishes to the team.

A great milestone indeed and a giant leap in space.

Way to go, ISRO!

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