Sriharikota, Jan 12: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Friday launched its 100th satellite along with 30 others in a single mission. The satellites were launched from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota at 9.29 am. On its 42nd mission, ISRO’s trusted workhorse ‘PSLV-C40’ is carrying the weather observation ‘Cartosat-2’ series satellite and 30 co-passengers. (All you need to know about the satellite launch)
The co-passenger satellites consist of one micro and nano satellite each from India with 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 kg.
The 28 International customer satellites have been launched as part of the commercial arrangements between Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), a Government of India company under Department of Space (DOS), the commercial arm of ISRO and the International customers, said ISRO.
The imagery sent by satellite will be useful for cartographic applications, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, utility management like road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps, change detection to bring out geographical and manmade features and various other Land Information System (LIS) as well as Geographical Information System (GIS) applications.
ISRO had earlier said that it was “back in the game” with the launch as this was the first Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) mission after the unsuccessful launch of the navigation satellite IRNSS-1H in August 2017.