ISRO launches PSLV C40 missile

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The Indian Space and Research Organization (ISRO) launched its 100th satellite into orbit today.

Sriharikota: India on Friday deployed a remote sensing Cartosat and 30 other satellites, including 28 from six countries, into the Earth's orbit after a copybook launch of a polar rocket from its spaceport here in Andhra Pradesh.

The PSLV-C40 is to place 31 satellites, three Indian and 28 foreign including those of the UK, US, France, Canada, Finland and the Republic of Korea.

After failure of its last mission, this launch remains tricky as the ISRO will be attempting a two-orbit feat for the second time.

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Isro's trusted workhorse PSLV will carry the weather observation "Cartosat-2" series satellite and 30 co-passengers at lift-off. "The PSLV had a very successful run up to its 39th mission (PSLV-C39), which was a setback as the heat shield failed to separate", Annadurai had stated.

Onboard the PSLV-C40 today are satellites from six other countries including Canada, Finland, France, Korea, the United Kingdom and the US. "A project is underway to increase capability of first launch pad to 15 launches a year" said Satish Dhawan Space Centre director P Kunhikrishnan. The total weight of all the 31 satellites onboard the PSLV-C40 is about 1323kg.

"The propellant filling operation of fourth stage of PSLV-C40 is under progress", said an update on ISRO's website on Thursday morning. The images will be used for cartographic applications, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps among other things.

Soon after the failed mission, there was talk about possible internal sabotage, speculation that an ISRO official brushed away in an interview to a TV channel. Among is the satellites that the PSLV is carrying is India's 100th satellite, Cartosat 2 - a surveillance satellite.

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