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India launches Cartosat 2 Series satellite, 29 others

Press Trust of India  |  Sriharikota (AP) 

today successfully launched weather observation 2 Series and 29 other onboard its dependable Polar rocket from here. The successful orbiting of the satellites by the Polar Launch Vehicle PSLV C-40 comes four months after the Indian space Research Organisations mission to launch backup navigation IRNSS-1H onboard PSLV-39 ended in a rare failure. A jubilant ISRO A S announced that the 2 Series satellite, the seventh in the series, a 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 of would be orbited after about 90 minutes following the re-ignition of the fourth stage, Kumar said. International customer satellites are three micro and 25 nano-satellites from six countries -- Canada, Finland, France, Korea, the and the of America. Earlier, at the end of the 28-hours countdown, the 44.4 metre tall PSLV-C40 in its 42nd flight, lifted off at 9.29 am and soared into a cloudy sky from the first launch pad. The opening mission of 2018 was considered crucial for ISRO as the previous PSLV launch came as a setback to scientists as the backup navigation IRNSS-1H could not be placed in orbit following a snag in the final leg of the in August last year. The heat shield of the rocket did not separate in the final leg of the launch sequence, trapping the in the fourth stage of the rocket. A visibly relieved Kiran Kumar, on his final mission as the chief of the space agency, said he was happy to provide 2 Series as a New Year gift for the country. "ISRO is starting 2018 with the successful launch... all customer satellites (besides and nanosat) released and the microast after one hour.

So far performance is satisfactory," he said at the mission control room. Referring to the previous launch, he said it had heat shield problem and an had addressed it and taken steps to ensure the vehicle was 'robust'.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 10:50 IST
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