Indian space agency ISRO on Friday successfully sent a rocket carrying India’s 100th satellite along with 30 others.
An ecstatic ISRO Chairman AS Kiran Kumar announced that the Cartosat 2 Series satellite, the seventh in the series, a nano satellite and 28 commercial payloads were successfully injected into the orbit one by one by the PSLV C-40, in the space of about 17.33 minutes since lift-off.
A micro satellite of India would be orbited after about 90 minutes following the re-ignition of the fourth stage, Kumar said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed ISRO scientists for the successful PSLV C-40 mission, saying the moment signifies the agency’s achievements as well the country’s “bright future” in space programme.
In a series of tweets, PM Modi wrote, “My heartiest congratulations to
@isro and 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.”
His another tweet said, “The launch of the 100th satellite by
@isro signifies both its glorious achievements, and also the bright future of India’s space programme.”
Congress President Rahul Gandhi too congratulated the ISRO scientists. He wrote on Twitter, “Congratulations to
@isro for creating history yet again. Your hard work and dedication has made India the pioneer of space program.”
Today’s successful mission came after a rare failure in August last year when the PSLV-C39 could not release the backup navigation satellite IRNSS-1H due to a technical snag in the fourth and last stage, reported PTI.