Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launches 31 satellites, including three of India and 28 of six other countries. PSLV-C40 was launched from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
This is ISRO’s first launch in 2018 and also the first after the unsuccessful mission of IRNSS-1H in August last year.
What is PSLV-C40?
India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), in its forty-second flight (PSLV-C40), will launch the 710 kg Cartosat-2 Series Satellite for earth observation and 30 co-passenger satellites together weighing about 613 kg at lift-off.
The co-passenger satellites comprise of 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 the 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.
Here are the Live updates:
Our strides in space will help our citizens & enhance our development journey. I want to once again congratulate our scientists: PM Narendra Modi on launch of India's 100th satellite ‘Cartosat-2’ series
# 12:07 AM:
Our ISRO scientists have made us proud yet again. ISRO today created a century in satellite launching. Farmers, fishermen & scientists of the nation will be helped in getting ground details with this success: PM Narendra Modi
# 11:55 AM:
In the last 3-4 years, it is primarily the personal intervention & patronage provided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that team ISRO has been able to carry one success after the other in a serial form: Jitendra Singh, MoS (Department of Space) PMO pic.twitter.com/aylpFFJ6Xw— ANI (@ANI) January 12, 2018
# 11.08 AM:
Reactions are pouring in after ISRO’s successful launch. BJP president Amit Shah says the launch takes India “far ahead in space research and technology.” Taking to Twitter, he adds, “(ISRO) dedication and consistency has made the world sit up & acknowledge the calibre of Indian scientists.” Meanwhile, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says ISRO has achieved a great feat and made the country proud.
Union Minsiter Smriti Irani has called it a “hallmark of Indian scientific aptitude & indicative of the perseverance and proficiency of Team @isro.” Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje calls its a proud moment for India.
Union Minister Rajnath Singh has hailed ISRO’s achievement as well. “Congratulations to team @isro on the successful launch of its 100th satellite with Cartosat 2 Series Satellite Mission. The scientists at ISRO have made the nation proud with their successes on several occasions. They have done it again by hitting a century,” he tweets.
# 11.05 AM:
Union Minister Vijay Goel salutes ISRO scientists for the success. He tweets, “Salute to all @isro scientists for this historic feat! Wishing them many more milestones & centuries. #PSLV #ISRO4NewIndia.”
Regarding August’s unsuccessful mission, he says, “Each time you encounter a problem, you come out of it with a rectification. There’s no need to worry about failures or set backs.”
# 11:12 AM:
PSLV's capability of putting multiple satellites into orbit and satellites into multiple orbit both are being done in a single mission practically. Progressively PSLV has better capability: AS Kiran Kumar, ISRO
# 10:59 AM:
In this mission, everything went as planned and we have been able to put all 30 satellites into orbit: AS Kiran Kumar, ISRO
# 10:47 AM:
# 10:36 AM:
My heartiest congratulations to ISRO & its scientists on the successful launch of PSLV today. This success in the New Year will bring benefits of the country's rapid strides in space technology to our citizens, farmers, fishermen etc: Prime Minister Narendra Modi (File pic) pic.twitter.com/VP8SsvI4Kw— ANI (@ANI) January 12, 2018
# 10:06 AM:
During the last PSLV launch we had problems, today what has happened proves that the problem was properly addressed and rectified. Happy to give this new year gift to the country: AS Kiran, ISRO
# 09:58 AM:
PSLV-C40 successfully places Cartosat-2 series satellite into sun synchronous orbit: ISRO
# 09.57 AM:
In a new year gift to the country, PSLV-C40 has successfully launched Cartosat-2, says the ISRO chairman.
# 09:57 AM:
Satellite ‘Cartosat-2’ series launch: All nano satellites separated pic.twitter.com/DEq9CUPZF6— ANI (@ANI) January 12, 2018
# 09.52 AM:
All nano satellites have been separated. PSLV-C40 has successfully placed Cartosat-2 series satellite into sun synchronous orbit.
# 09: 46 AM:
Space agency successfully launches 100 satellite
# 09: 45 AM:
The PSLV-C40 vehicle is undertaking its 42nd mission. It’s carrying 31 satellites, including the Cartosat-2 series. The satellite was launched at 9.29 am.
Both Kiran Kumar and K Sivan are seated beside each other monitoring the launch. Sivan will take over as chief of ISRO from Kumar today.
# 09.41 AM:
Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu congratulates the ISRO team for the launch of its 100th satellite. Taking to Twitter, he says, “I congratulate the entire team of @isro for the successful launch of 100th satellite #PSLVC40 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota today.”
# 09:38 AM:
Satellite ‘Cartosat-2’ series launch: Third stage has separated and fourth stage engine ignited
# 09:35 AM:
Payload fairing has successfully separated from satellite ‘Cartosat-2’ series that was launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota
# 09:32 AM:
Indian Space Research Organisation successfully launches 100th satellite ‘Cartosat-2’ series from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota
# 09:30 AM:
# 09:29 AM:
ISRO's PSLV-C40 carrying Cartosat-2 series satellite and 30 other spacecraft lifts off from Sriharikota.
# 09.23 AM:
It’s about three minutes till the mission commences.
# 09.04 AM:
The satellite will be launched shortly.
# 08.45 AM:
Today’s is the third satellite in the series, after Cartosat-2A and 2B.
# 08.15 AM:
Onboard the PSLV-C40 today are satellites from six other countries including Canada, Finland, France, Korea, the UK and the US. India, too, is sending one micro and nano satellite.
# 07:21 AM:
Isro's trusted workhorse PSLV will carry the weather observation 'Cartosat-2' series satellite and 30 co-passengers at lift-off.
# 07:21 AM:
At two hours, 21 minutes and 62 seconds, this will be the longest flight of the four-stage Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).
# 07:09 AM:
Indian Space Research Organisation to launch Cartosat-2 Series satellite on PSLV rocket from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
# 05:59 AM:
— ISRO (@isro) January 11, 2018