The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched its 100th satellite at 9.29 am on Friday from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C40), on its 42nd mission, is carrying ‘Cartosat-2’, a weather observation satellite and 30 other satellites. This is ISRO’s first launch in 2018 and it is also the first after the unsuccessful mission of IRNSS-1H in August last year.
The satellite, 44.4 metres in height, lifted-off from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre Friday. The launch was conducted by ISRO and its commercial arm.
PSLV-C40’s co-passengers comprise one micro and nano satellite each from India as well as three micro and 25 nanosatellites from six countries, Canada, Finland, France, Korea, UK and US. The total weight of all the satellites is 1,323 kg.
The Cartosat-2 satellite, the third in the series, was deployed to relay high resolution scene specific spot imageries. The images will be useful for cartographic applications, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps and change detection to bring out geographical Land Information Systems and Geographical Information System applications.