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ISRO eyes launch of its 100th satellite

BENGALURU:India will launch ISRO’s 100th satellite along with 30 others in a single mission on January 12 from Sriharikota, in a milestone event in the country’s space history.

ISRO eyes launch of its 100th satellite

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Bengaluru, January 9

India will launch ISRO’s 100th satellite along with 30 others in a single mission on January 12 from Sriharikota, in a milestone event in the country’s space history.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said it was “back in the game” with the launch, the first Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) mission after the unsuccessful launch of the navigation satellite IRNSS-1H in August last.

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“The 31 spacecraft, including weather observation Cartosat-2 series satellite, will be launched by PSLV-C40,” ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC) director M Annadurai said today.

Stating that 28 of the satellites were from abroad, the official noted that the launch of three Indian satellites during the mission would mark the rollout of the 100th satellite from ISRO.

“When the last satellite is ejected out, it will become the 100th satellite... the first century we have done. It is the maiden century. So PSLV-C40 marks the maiden century of Indian satellite... we are eagerly waiting for that,” he said. PSLV-C40 will launch the 710-kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation and 30 co-passengers (together weighing 613 kg) at lift-off on January 12 at 09.28 am, ISRO said. It will be launched from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, about 100 km from Chennai.

The co-passenger satellites include one micro and nano satellite each from India. Three micro and 25 nano satellites from six countries, namely Canada, Finland, France, Republic of Korea, UK and USA, make up the other payload.

Referring to the PSLV-C39 failure, Annadurai said ISRO had understood it and repeated tests had been conducted to ensure that such problems did not reoccur. This took slightly more time for the PSLV-C40 launch.

On August 31, India’s mission to launch its backup navigation satellite IRNSS-1H on board PSLV-C39 failed after a technical fault on the final leg following a perfect launch.

The total weight of all the 31 satellites carried on board PSLV-C40 is 1,323 kg. — PTI

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