Published On: Fri, Jan 12th, 2018

100 not out: ISRO celebrates 100th successful satellite launch

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After a hibernation of over four months, the Indian Space Research Organisation is back in the game as its workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C40) successfully placed 31 satellites in two different orbits in one of the longest missions. The launch was also significant for another reason — Isro demonstrated multiple-burn technology that it tested in three previous launches.

“This is PSLV’s 40th successful launch,” project director R Hutton said.

The mission, the first carried out by the space agency this year, comes four months after it failed to launch IRNSS-1H onboard PSLV-39. Announcing the success of the launch, outgoing ISRO chief A S Kiran Kumar dedicated it as a new year’s gift to the country. This is his final mission as chief of the agency.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the scientists at ISRO for the success, and added that it signifies the bright future for India’s space programme. “This success in the New Year will bring benefits of the country’s rapid strides in space technology to our citizens, farmers, fishermen etc. The launch of the 100th satellite by @isro signifies both its glorious achievements, and also the bright future of India’s space programme,” Modi tweeted. “Benefits of India’s success are available to our partners! Out of the 31 Satellites, 28 belonging to 6 other countries are carried by today’s launch,” he added.

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