ISRO launches PSLV C40 missile

ISRO launches PSLV C40 missile

This will be ISRO's first launch in 2018 and also the first after the unsuccessful mission of IRNSS-1H in August past year.

Apart from two Indian weather satellites, the rocket carried 28 micro and nano-satellites from Canada, Finland, France, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The Indian Space Research Organisation began a 28-hour countdown for the launch of PSLV-C40/Cartosat 2 Series satellite mission+ at 5.29am on Thursday, according to an update on Isro's website. But this launch proves that all problems were addressed and rectified.

The launch follows the failed August 31 mission where after a stable launch, the backup navigation satellite IRNSS-1H PSLV-39 suffered from a technical fault in its final leg and could not be put back in orbit.

Today's is the third satellite in the series, after Cartosat-2A and 2B.

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On Friday, when PSLV-C40 takes off on its 42nd flight, it will once again demonstrate the multiple-burn technology where the fourth stage engine will be ignited and shut off four times to place 31 satellites, including small ones, in different orbits.

Stating that 28 of the satellites were from overseas, the official noted that the launch of three Indian satellites during the mission would mark the roll out of the hundredth satellite from ISRO. "We were coming to the launch pad after a major failure", Sivan said. On the social media, people have started congratulating the team of scientist at ISRO for their diligent efforts to launch the missiles. As an observational satellite, Cartosat will beam high-quality images for cartographic, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation and utility management like road network monitoring.

ISRO made nearly Rs 300 crore from foreign satellite launches in 2016-17 and officials have maintained over the past year that smaller satellite launches will play a big role in the future.

Kumar also said he was happy to provide Cartosat 2 Series as a New Year gift for the country.

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