New Delhi: Crossing yet another landmark, Indian space agency ISRO on Friday successfully sent up a rocket carrying India's 100th satellite along with 30 others.
The 30 other satellites comprise one micro and nano satellite each from India as well as three micro and 25 nano satellites from six countries — Canada, Finland, France, Korea, the United Kingdom and United States of America.
Today's satellite launch took place after a failed launch four months before.
The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle or PSLV lifted off at 09.29 am from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh and a key component that had failed in August worked this time, causing scientists to gasp in relief at having crossed a major hurdle.
The lift-off was postponed by a minute because of fear of collision with space debris.
"PSLV-C40 Successfully Launches Cartosat-2 Series Satellite", ISRO said in a Twitter message.
PSLV-C40 Successfully Launches Cartosat-2 Series Satellitehttps://t.co/bTZaQRjLmo— ISRO (@isro) January 12, 2018
Today's satellite launch also marks the first for ISRO in 2018 following the unsuccessful mission of navigation satellite IRNSS-1H last year. On August 31, 2017 India's mission to launch its backup navigation satellite IRNSS-1H on board PSLV-C39 failed after the heat shield did not separate in the final leg of the launch sequence and as a result, the satellite IRNSS-1H got stuck in the fourth stage of the rocket.
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