The 30 other co-passenger smaller satellites, together weigh 613 kg. Let's know 10 special things related to launch. "This year, communication satellite GSAT 11 will be launched which will give us 14 Gbps capacity".
When asked about the date of the launch, ISRO chairman A S Kiran Kumar said that it could either happen in March or at the later part of the year.
President Ram Nath Kovind too hailed that ISRO's 100th satellite launch calling it a moment of pride for every Indian. "So far Cartosat performance has been satisfactory", he said at the mission control room. PSLV C40 once again proves the mastery of ISRO on many of them.
ISRO begins the countdown to launch 31 satellites on Friday. The satellite's design life is five years.
The PSLV rocket launch was the first by ISRO since an August 31 failure that doomed an Indian navigation satellite.
As the missile launch takes place in stages, all the four stages, the detaching of heat shields, have been completed successfully and the status is normal for now.
The total weight of all the 31 satellites carried on-board the PSLV-C40 is about 1323 kg.
Within 20 minutes of launch at 09.29 hrs, satellites started one by one in the upper orbit of the earth.
Aryabhatta, 1975: The Aryabhata spacecraft that was named after the famous Indian astronomer was the country's first satellite. After this the other satellites were established safely.
The present flight carried satellites from US, UK, France, Finland, Korea, Finland and Canada.
28 worldwide satellites were launched under the trade agreements between ISRO and Antrix Corporation Limited.
Two scientists at ISRO said images collected by the satellites will be used by the Indian security agencies to track military activities in neighbouring Pakistan, China, Bangladesh Sri Lanka and Nepal.
Referring to the PSLV-C39 failure, Annadurai said ISRO had understood it and repeated tests had been conducted to ensure that such problems did not reoccur.
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