In its first mission of 2018, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched its 100th satellite from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, on Friday. The mission comes a little over four months after the space agency’s unsuccessful launch of IRNSS-1H. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, congratulating ISRO for its success, said the launch signifies the bright future of India’s space programme.
President Ram Nath Kovind congratulated ISRO for its success, and called it a moment of pride for every Indian. He added that it’s a milestone for the country.
The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C40), which was undertaking its 42nd mission, hosted the ‘Cartosat-2’, a weather observation satellite and 30 other satellites — 28 of which belonged to other countries.
ISRO satellite launch Highlights:
2.41 pm: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman has congratulated ISRO as well.
2.30 pm: Congress president Rahul Gandhi has reacted to ISRO’s launch as well. He says the space agency has created history yet again. “Your hard work and dedication has made India the pioneer of space program,” he tweets.
11.52 am: Jitendra Singh, MoS (Department of Space) PMO says, “In the last 3-4 years, it is primarily the personal intervention and patronage provided by PM Narendra Modi that team ISRO has been able to carry one success after the other in a serial form,” reports ANI.
11.08 am: Reactions are pouring in after ISRO’s successful launch. BJP president Amit Shah says the launch takes India “far ahead in space research and technology.” Taking to Twitter, he adds, “(ISRO) dedication and consistency has made the world sit up & acknowledge the calibre of Indian scientists.” Meanwhile, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says ISRO has achieved a great feat and made the country proud.
Union Minsiter Smriti Irani has called it a “hallmark of Indian scientific aptitude & indicative of the perseverance and proficiency of Team @isro.” Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje calls its a proud moment for India.
11.06 am: Union Minister Rajnath Singh has hailed ISRO’s achievement as well. “Congratulations to team @isro on the successful launch of its 100th satellite with Cartosat 2 Series Satellite Mission. The scientists at ISRO have made the nation proud with their successes on several occasions. They have done it again by hitting a century,” he tweets.
11.05 am: Union Minister Vijay Goel salutes ISRO scientists for the success. He tweets, “Salute to all @isro scientists for this historic feat! Wishing them many more milestones & centuries. #PSLV #ISRO4NewIndia.”
11.02 am: Regarding August’s unsuccessful mission, he says, “Each time you encounter a problem, you come out of it with a rectification. There’s no need to worry about failures or set backs.”
11.00 am: Addressing the media following the launch, outgoing ISRO chief Kiran Kumar says everything went as planned today, and that the team was able to put 30 satellites into the orbit. “PSLV’s capability of putting multiple satellites into orbit and satellites into multiple orbit both are being done in a single mission practically. Progressively PSLV has better capability,” he is quoted as saying by ANI.
10.57 am: President Ram Nath Kovind says the launch is a moment of pride for every Indian. “Launch of India’s 100th satellite Cartosat-2, along with two co-passenger satellites as well as 28 satellites of six friendly countries, is a moment of pride for every Indian. Congratulations to @isro team of exceptional scientists. A milestone for our country #PresidentKovind,” he tweets.
Launch of India’s 100th satellite Cartosat-2, along with two co-passenger satellites as well as 28 satellites of six friendly countries, is a moment of pride for every Indian. Congratulations to @isro team of exceptional scientists. A milestone for our country #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) January 12, 2018
10.55 am: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), from its official handle on Twitter, has congratulated ISRO. “Congratulations to #ISRO for launching 100th satellite #PSLV-C40 (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota,” it tweets.
10.31 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates ISRO for its successful launch. Taking to Twitter he said it signifies the space agency’s achievements and the bright future of the country’s space programme. “My heartiest congratulations to @isro and its scientists on the successful launch of PSLV today. This success in the New Year will bring benefits of the country’s rapid strides in space technology to our citizens, farmers, fishermen etc. The launch of the 100th satellite by @isro signifies both its glorious achievements, and also the bright future of India’s space programme,” Modi tweets.
“Benefits of India’s success are available to our partners! Out of the 31 Satellites, 28 belonging to 6 other countries are carried by today’s launch,” he added.
10.04 am: Sivan adds, “This mission is a green flag for our other missions in 2018. I am sure that the ISRO community will rise to the occassion and meet expectations. I wish the everyone all the best for all missions for the next year.”
10.02 am: ISRO chairman designate Sivan says, “The entire launch community has put in its hard work in the last four months for this launch. The credit goes to the entire ISRO team across India. The satellite team made some innovative methods to assemble and integrate the vehicle for this mission.” Sivan will take over as chief today.
9.57 am: In a new year gift to the country, PSLV-C40 has successfully launched Cartosat-2, says Kiran Kumar, the former ISRO chairman. This is his last launch while heading the space agency. “During the last PSLV launch we had problems, today what has happened proves that the problem was properly addressed and rectified. Happy to give this new year gift to the country,” he is quoted as saying by ANI.
9.52 am: All nano satellites have been separated. PSLV-C40 has successfully placed Cartosat-2 series satellite into sun synchronous orbit.
9.43 am: Both Kiran Kumar and K Sivan are seated beside each other monitoring the launch. Sivan will take over as chief of ISRO from Kumar today.
9.41 am: Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu congratulates the ISRO team for the launch of its 100th satellite. Taking to Twitter, he says, “I congratulate the entire team of @isro for the successful launch of 100th satellite #PSLVC40 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota today.”
— VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) January 12, 2018
9.40 am: On a side note, TTV Dinakaran, newly-elected Tamil Nadu MLA from RK Nagar constituency tweets his congratulations to K Sivan on taking charge as ISRO chairman today. Sivan is from Nagercoil in the state. “Congratulations to Dr #KSivan on taking charge as the Chairman of the prestigious @isro. A proud moment for people of Tamil Nadu! I am sure that ISRO would scale greater heights under your able stewardship,” Dinakaran says.
9.36 am: In case you’re just joining us, ISRO this morning launched its 100th satellite from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. The PSLV-C40 vehicle is undertaking its 42nd mission. It’s carrying 31 satellites, including the Cartosat-2 series. The satellite was launched was scheduled for 9.29 am.
9.32 am: The third stage has been separated, as expected. Performance normal! The fourth stage is ignited as well — which is carrying the 31 satellites to put into the orbit. The fourth stage is normal as of now.
9.31 am: The heat shield has detached — this is what led to the unsuccessful mission in August. The second stage of performance is normal as well.
9.30 am: ISRO launches the PSLV-C40 satellite from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh to a round of applause at the centre. The launch is expected to take over two hours. The performance till now is normal.
9.29 am: Lift off!
9.23 am: It’s about three minutes till the mission commences. Hang tight!
9.20 am: As weather plays a crucial role in the launch of the satellite, officials have been monitoring wind conditions for over two hours now. Any guesses how conditions are measured? By releasing balloons into the sky!
9.12 am: Ahead of the launch, MoS PMO Jitendra Singh said, “Certainly it is a historic day for us and a great headway for India. It is also to a great extent the patronage available from PM Modi, that ISRO registered successes one after the other,” reported ANI.
9.04 am: The satellite will be launched shortly. It has 31 co-passengers, including the Cartosat-2. This is the PSLV-C40’s 42nd mission. The launch is likely to take around two and a half hours.
8.45 am: ISRO successfully launched the Cartosat-2 series satellite on June 22, 2016. Today’s is the third satellite in the series, after Cartosat-2A and 2B. Cartosat is around 700 kgs.
8.30 am: What is the ‘Cartosat-2’? The satellite series is deployed to observe the earth and relay high-resolution scene-specific spot images. 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.
8.20 am: In other news, K Sivan, a renowned scientist, is set to take the helm at ISRO, replacing AS Kiran Kumar as the chief today. Sivan, who conceptualised India’s PSLV project, has worked on it since 1982. He is popularly known as the “Rocket Man” for his contribution in the development of cryogenic engines.
8.15 am: Onboard the PSLV-C40 today are satellites from six other countries including Canada, Finland, France, South Korea, the UK and the US. India, too, is sending one micro and nano satellite. The satellites are being launched by Antrix Corporation, the commercial wing of ISRO. The total weight being carried by the PSLV-C40 is 1,323 kgs.
7.40 am: There’s a lot of talk around today’s launch as its the first since ISRO’s IRNSS-1H’s unsuccessful mission on August 31, 2017. The rocket’s shield had failed to separate, due to which the satellite could not launch. The August mission was significant as it would have introduced Navigation with Indian Constellation, or NavIC, in turn providing accurate information services within Indian territory. Read more here.
7.30 am: In its first mission this year, ISRO is launching its 100th satellite today. Follow our live blog for real-time updates.