The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched its 100th satellite from the port of Sriharikota on Friday morning.
The weather observation ‘Cartosat-2’ series satellite and 30 co-passengers (together weighing about 613 kg) were launched by PSLV-C40 at 9.28 am.
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.
Scientists said the mission is a unique one, since the satellites will be launched in two orbits.
Thirty of the satellites will be launched in an orbit 550 km about, and one 359-km above the Earth.
The 28 international customer satellites were launched as part of the commercial arrangements between ISRO and its commercial arm ‘Antrix Corporation Ltd’.
This will be done through what scientists call the “multiple burn technology” under which the rocket’s engine is switched off and then switched on to control its height.
According to ISRO, the Cartosat-2 series satellite launch is a follow-on mission with the primary objective of providing high resolution scene specific spot imageries.
Friday’s launch also marks the first for ISRO in 2018 following the unsuccessful mission of navigation satellite IRNSS-1H last year.