India launches Cartosat 2 Series satellite, 29 others

The Indian Space Research Organisation will conduct landing simulation tests for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft at Mahendragiri in coming weeks

He told mediapersons after the successful launch of PSLV-C40/Cartosat-2 series mission that the satellites included nine student ones made by some universities while hinting that they could not be counted in Isro's account.

India today reaffirmed its space prowess and commercial launch capabilities as it successfully launched its 100th satellite along with 30 other spacecraft, including weather observation Cartosat 2 Series satellite onboard the Polar rocket from here.This was PSLVs longest-ever mission.

Having placed more than 250 satellites in orbits through its workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), success has become a routine for Isro. Though relieved, many refrained from cheering up in their usual way as the failure of the previous PSLV-C39 launch on Aug 31 past year had cost many dear.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Congress president Rahul Gandhi congratulated ISRO and its scientists on the successful launch of the satellites.

Of the 31 satellites, three are Indian and the rest are from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Finland, and South Korea.

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On Friday, when PSLV-C40 takes off on its 42nd flight, it will once again demonstrate the multiple-burn technology where the fourth stage engine will be ignited and shut off four times to place, including small ones, in different orbits.

The government on Wednesday appointed renowned scientist Sivan K as the chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to replace of A S Kiran Kumar.

The Cartosat-2 remote-sensing satellite which is equipped with a Panchromatic Camera and a high-resolution multi-spectral instrument will prove to be a shot-in-the-arm for India's military surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. For the second time, Isro launched the satellites into the multiple orbits. chairman Kirankumar said the launch was a New Year gift to the people.

"ISRO is starting 2018 with the successful launch. all customer satellites (besides Cartosat and nanosat) released and the microast after one hour". So far Cartosat performance is satisfactory, ” he said at the mission control room.

“The launch of the 100th satellite by @isro signifies both its glorious achievements, and also the bright future of Indias space programme, ” he said a tweet. Sivan, at present Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, will succeed Kumar, who was appointed on January 12, 2015.

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