Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO)has launched 100th satellite successfully on Friday. The 44.4-metre tall Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C40) roared into a clear sky after a perfect lift-off at 9.29 a.m. following a 28-hour countdown.
A remote sensing Cartosat and 30 other satellites were deployed into the earth’s orbit. These include 28 satellites from six nations. The payload has successfully separated from satellite ‘Cartosat-2’ series that was launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota.
The 320-tonne rocket would eject the satellites one-by-one and deploy them into the earth's lower orbit 17 minutes and 18 seconds after the lift-off. The spaceport is about 80 km northeast of Chennai off the Bay of Bengal coast.
Of the 31 satellites, three are Indian and the rest are from Canada, Finland, France, South Korea, UK and the US.
The Indian satellites include the 710 kg Cartosat-2 series for Earth observation as the primary satellite of the mission, along with co-passenger payloads, including 100 kg micro satellite and a 10 kg nano satellite.
Minister of State (MoS) for Prime Minister's Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh said, “It is a historic day for us and a great headway for India."