Former ISRO director on 100th satellite launch

INS-1C with its panels in deployed condition | Express

INS-1C with its panels in deployed condition | Express

January 12 (NT): ISRO successfully launched its 100th satellite "PSLV-C40 / Cartosat-2 Series Satellite" from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota Island of iAndhra Pradesh on Friday at 09:28 Hrs (IST).

The spaceport Sriharikota High Altitude Range (SHAR) is located about 80 km northeast of Chennai off the Bay of Bengal coast.

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.

The PSLV C-40/Cartosat-2 was launched from the Sriharikota base, where the Cartosat-2 was successfully separated from the heat shield of the launch vehicle, unlike the August 31 launch, during which the heat shield failed to separate from the satellite. The launch is likely to take around two and a half hours.

Two scientists at ISRO said images collected by the satellites will be used by the Indian security agencies to track military activities in neighboring Pakistan, China, Bangladesh Sri Lanka and Nepal.

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ISRO would be adopting an optimum separation sequence of all its satellites so as to avoid any collisions. "It (the failure) was a combination of several factors and we are looking to build up a more robust system".

The Aug. 31 failure broke a string of 39 successful PSLV missions in a row since 1993.

PSLV C-40 rocket to launch Cartosat, 30 satellites from USA, other nations in single mission from Sriharikota. The second stage of performance is normal as well. Among is the satellites that the PSLV is carrying is India's 100th satellite, Cartosat 2 - a surveillance satellite.

It's about three minutes till the mission commences.

A similar kind of process was taken up during the launch of SCATSAT-1 on-board PSLV-C35 in September 2016 in which the fourth stage engine was restarted and later cut off for launching the satellite.

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