ISRO successfully launches 100th satellite Cartosat-2 into orbit

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The co-passenger satellites include three micro and 25 nano-satellites from six countries - Canada, Finland, France, Korea, the United Kingdom and US.

In its first mission of 2018, the space agency on Friday successfully launched its 100th satellite from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh (AP).

After failure of its last mission, this launch remains tricky as the ISRO will be attempting a two-orbit feat for the second time. The surveillance satellite from the "Cartosat 2" series will keep watch on India's hostile neighbours.

# Today's launch also marks the first launch for ISRO in 2018 following the unsuccessful mission of navigation satellite IRNSS-1H past year. "As a result of that the satellite is inside the heat shield.", ISRO chairman A S Kiran Kumar was quoted as saying by news agency PTI on August 31.

"The launch of the 100th satellite by @isro signifies both its glorious achievements, and also the bright future of India's space programme", he said a tweet.

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The launch of the satellites was originally slated for January 10.

Today's is the third satellite in the series, after Cartosat-2A and 2B. The total weight of the satellites carried onboard the PSLV-C40 is close to 1,323 kg.

Blasting-off on a attractive misty morning from the first launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, which about 100 km from Chennai, 44.4 metre tall PSLV-C40 has roared into upper atmosphere with a lift-off mass of 320 tonne as majestically as ever. Cartosat-2 series was the first to be separated from the rocket and injected into the sun synchronous orbit at 505km above the earth, followed by the 10 kg nano satellite and the 100 kg micro-sat in different orbits.

Soon after the failed mission, there was talk about possible internal sabotage, speculation that an ISRO official brushed away in an interview to a TV channel.

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