New Delhi: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all geared up to launch its 100th satellite into the orbit on January 12. India’s centenarian launch is going to take place along with 30 other satellites in a single mission from Sriharikota.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said it was “back in the game” with the launch, the first Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) mission after the unsuccessful launch of the navigation satellite IRNSS-1H in August last year.
“The 31 spacecrafts, including weather observation Cartosat-2 series satellite, will be launched by PSLV-C40,” ISRO?Satellite Centre (ISAC) director M Annadurai said today.
Stating that 28 of the satellites were from abroad, the official noted that the launch of three Indian satellites during the mission would mark the roll out of the hundredth satellite from ISRO.
“When the last satellite is ejected out it will become the hundredth satellite…The first century we have done. It is the maiden century. So PSLV-C40 marks maiden century of Indian satellite.
We are eagerly waiting for that,” he said. Speaking to reporters on sidelines of an exhibition on ASTROSAT here, Annadurai said, “With PSLV-C40 we are back in the game”.
PSLV-C40 will launch the 710 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation and 30 co-passengers (together weighing about 613 kg) at lift-off on January 12 at?09.28 am, ISRO said. It will be launched from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, about 100 kms from Chennai.