India's historical moment: ISRO marks milestone with launch of 100th satellite along with 30 others

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully marked a century by launching its 100th satellite today along with 30 others.

This was ISRO's maiden launch of 2018, while also being the first launch after the unsuccessful launch of the IRNSS-1H satellite in August 2017, when the PSLV rocket's heat shield separation failed to take place.

In its forty-second flight, the PSLV-C40 is carrying the 710 kg Cartosat-2 Series Satellite for earth observation and 30 co-passenger satellites together weighing about 613 kg at lift-off.

The launch took place from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.

The co-passenger satellites comprise one Microsatellite and one Nanosatellite from India as well as 3 Microsatellites and 25 Nanosatellites from six countries, namely, Canada, Finland, France, Republic of Korea, UK and USA.

The total weight of all the 31 satellites carried onboard PSLV-C40 is about 1323 kg.

The 28 International customer satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangements between Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), a Government of India company under Department of Space (DOS), the commercial arm of ISRO and the International customers.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a post on Twitter, lauded the Indian space agency on the success of the Cartosat-2 mission.

The Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti, also took to the microblogging site to congratulate ISRO.

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