PSLV-C40/Cartosat-2 Series Satellite Mission: ISRO to Launch 100th Satellite, Along With 30 Others, From Sriharikota Today News Desk
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PSLV-C40/Cartosat-2 Launch Live Streaming: Watch Online Telecast as ISRO Launches 100th Satellite

Today’s launch comes after the unsuccessful mission of navigation satellite IRNSS-1H in 2017. It will also be the first launch for ISRO in 2018.

Chennai, Jan 12: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch its 100th satellite along with 30 others in a single mission from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on Friday. On its 42nd mission, ISRO’s trusted workhorse ‘PSLV-C40’ will carry the weather observation ‘Cartosat-2’ series satellite and 30 co-passengers at lift-off at 9.28 am today. The 28-hour countdown for the same began at 05.29 hours IST yesterday.

The co-passenger satellites comprise one micro and nano satellite each from India as well as three micro and 25 nanosatellites from six countries — Canada, Finland, France, Korea, the United Kingdom and United States of America.


  • The total weight of all the 31 satellites carried on-board PSLV-C40 is about 1,323 kgs.
  • The 28 international customer satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangements between ISRO and its commercial arm ‘Antrix Corporation Ltd’.
  • 30 satellites carried by PSLV-C40, will be launched into a 505 kms polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO).
  • The entire launch of satellites is expected to happen over a period of 2 hours and 21 seconds.
  • The Cartosat-2 series satellite launch is a follow-on mission with the primary objective of providing high resolution scene specific spot imageries. It will be the third satellite in the Cartosat-2 series.
  • ISRO had successfully launched Cartosat-2 Series satellite on June 22, 2016.

The images sent by Cartosat-2 series satellite will be useful for urban and rural applications, cartographic applications, coastal land use and regulation, water distribution, road network monitoring, creation of land use maps and change detection to bring out geographical Land Information Systems and Geographical Information System applications.

Today’s launch will also be the first launch for ISRO in 2018. It comes after the unsuccessful mission of navigation satellite IRNSS-1H in 2017.