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Indian Space Agency Launches 31 Satellites in Single Mission

Indian Space Agency Launches 31 Satellites in Single Mission

The flight on Friday is the first since a rare mission failure on August 31 a year ago when a PSLV rocket did not release a protective heat shield that cocoons a rocket's satellite payloads from the high temperatures during the journey into space.

More than half of the micro and nano satellites launched were for the United States, with the remainder for India, Canada, Finland, France, South Korea and Britain, Reuters reported.

The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle lifted off 31 satellites from Sriharikota's Satish Dhawan Space Center at 9:29 am IST.

Modi's government has been promoting a domestic space programme as a demonstration of low-priced technology and last February launched 104 satellites in a single mission, a lot of them for foreign customers.

Contrary to the media reports over Isro's century with respect to satellites of India with the launch of three satellites of the country on Friday, Isro chairman A.S. Kirankumar said the number referred to satellites rolled out of Isro's satellite centre in Bengaluru.

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On Friday, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle or PSLV-C40, launched successfully from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh altogether carried 31 satellites, some of which belonged to Canada, Finland, France, Korea, the United Kingdom and the USA - which have used India's space infrastructure and expertise to power their space dreams. Cartosat will be used for capturing high-quality images for rural-urban applications and also for utility managements like road network monitoring.

In a statement, he said "it is pleasant to know that even before stepping into the golden jubilee year of its establishment, the ISRO has launched its 100th satellite, thereby celebrating its centenary launch". The satellites are used for both civilian and military purposes. These initial satellites carried only a panchromatic imaging payload, with the multispectral imager being introduced with the upgraded Cartosat-2C, which was deployed in June 2016.

The final 28-hour countdown for the launch of 31 satellites began on Thursday at 5.29 a.m.

Joining Cartosat-2F for the journey into orbit are thirty smaller spacecraft with a combined mass of over 600 kilograms (1,300 lb).

Demonstration (MMZ-TD) Payload from Space Application Centre (SAC) of ISRO.


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