India launches 30 satellites in Earth's orbit

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

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

PSLV C-40 rocket to launch Cartosat, 30 satellites from USA, other nations in single mission from Sriharikota. Of the 31 satellites, three are Indian and the rest are from Canada, Finland, France, South Korea, UK and the US.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) had suffered a setback after the failure of the earlier PSLV-C39 mission in August a year ago.

The other one, a nanosatellite, named Indian Nano Satellite (INS) - 1C, is the third in its series; its predecessors were part of the PSLV-C37 launch of February 2017.

On August 31, India's mission to launch its backup navigation satellite IRNSS-1H on board PSLV-C39 failed after a technical fault on the final leg following a ideal launch. "Happy to give this new year gift to the country", AS Kiran, ISRO chairman said after the launch.


Meanwhile, the launch also marked the national space agency's foray into small satellite market.

The 41st flight had a normal lift-off and everything happened as planned, according to ISRO, but failed to launch due to a glitch in heat-shield separation. The launch is expected to take two hours and 21 seconds.

ISRO's launch vehicle Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C-40 will carry the satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Center (SDSC) in Sriharikota on January 12. ISRO had successfully launched Cartosat-2 Series satellite on June 22, 2016. The Cartosat-2 series would orbit around the Earth for five years.

With the successful launch, including 28 satellites from foreign countries, by the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), ISRO put behind a rare failure it encountered four months ago.

A microsatellite of India would be orbited after about 90 minutes following the re-ignition of the fourth stage, Kumar said.

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