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ISRO Successfully Launches Its 100th Satellite, 3rd In Cartosat-2 Series With PSLV 2

| January 12 , 2018 , 13:05 IST

Indian space agency ISRO successfully launched its 100th satellite, including 3rd in Cartosat-2 series from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on Friday, 4 months after an unsuccessful satellite launch on August 31, 2017. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) launched from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh is carrying 30 satellites in addition to India's 100th satellite. 

The 30 other satellites that will be carried by the PSLV-C40 on its 42nd flight on Friday include two others from India, and a total of 28 satellites from 6 different countries, namely Canada, Finland, France, Korea, the UK and the US. A surveillance satellite from the "Cartosat 2" series that will be launched is for keeping watch on India's hostile neighbours.

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According to scientists, the mission is unique as the satellites will be released into two different orbits. While one satellite will be released 359km above the Earth, the other 30 satellites will be released in an orbit 550 km above the Earth.

The 710 kg earth observation satellite that will be carried by the PSLV is the third in the Cartosat 2 series, with the last satellite in the series being launched successfully in June 2016.

The launch of India's first privately built satellite IRNSS-1H on August 31 last year reportedly failed due to a freak accident. ISRO dismissed rumours of sabotage in its launch, with scientists saying that a tiny but vital piece of the IRNSS-1H satellite had failed, with caused the failure of the satellite.

ISRO's PSLV rocket weighs nearly 320 tonnes and stands up to 44.4 meters, equivalent to a 15-storey building.