PSLV back after August failure, launches 31 satellites

Indian Space Research Organisation

"The launch of the 100th satellite by isro signifies both its glorious achievements and also the bright future of India┬┤s space programme", Modi said on Twitter.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed ISRO scientists for the successful PSLV C-40 mission.

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 satellite IRNSS-1H could not be placed in orbit following a snag in the final leg of the PSLV-C39 mission in August past year.

After the successful launch of PSLV-C40 on Friday, scientists and directors of Isro units here, including Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) and Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC), are back. For the second time, Isro launched the satellites into the multiple orbits. chairman Kirankumar said the launch was a New Year gift to the people.

Contrary to the media reports over Isro's century with respect to satellites of India with the launch of three satellites of the country on Friday, Isro chairman A.S. Kirankumar said the number referred to satellites rolled out of Isro's satellite centre in Bengaluru.

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.

"Benefits of India's success are available to our partners!" "It launched 31 satellites, including three Indian and 28 commercial satellites". It will enable the government to keep a track of the progress of its infrastructure projects and also keep a better lookout on the Indian borders.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) had suffered a setback after the failure of the earlier PSLV-C39 mission in August previous year.

India's space program is reportedly one of the most cost-effective in the world.

India's space agency has steadily increased its satellite count and even taken to launching foreign satellites.

India's space programme has a budget of around US$4 billion (S$5.3 billion) and the Modi government hopes that the latest launches will improve its prospects of winning a larger share of the more than US$300 billion global space industry. "ISRO is starting 2018 with the successful launch. all customer satellites (besides Cartosat and nanosat) released and the microsat after one hour. This mission is definitely showing the green flag for the exciting high profile missions in 2018 such as the Chandryaan 2, GSLV MK 3 then GSAT-11", he said.

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