Space agency ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) sent up a rocket carrying India’s 100th satellite along with 30 others this morning. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle or PSLV lifted off at 9.29 am from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The satellite’s design life is five years.
The 30 other satellites include two other satellites from India and 28 satellites from six countries — Canada, Finland, France, Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Let’s remind you that the ISRO had seen its previous launch of August 31, 2017 being recorded as a failure. The heat shield of PSLV-C39 did not separate, resulting in satellite separation occurring within the shield.
“We are coming to the launch pad after four months. Many of our customers came ready with satellites after our previous failure. It shows their confidence in us. We have some exciting launches coming up including Chandrayaan 2, GSLV MKIII and GSLV MKII” said retiring Isro chairman AS Kiran Kumar.