India all set to launch its 100th satellite

ANIUpdated: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 12:54 AM IST
article-image
Representational image |

Sriharikota: India is all set to launch its 100th satellite ‘Cartosat-2 Series’ on Friday from Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota. The launch of 31 satellites, including three of India and 28 of six other countries, by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will begin at 5.29 am and will lift off at 9.29 hours from the first launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre about 90 kilometres off Chennai.

Talking to ANI, Minister of State (MoS) for Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh said, “It is a historic day for us and a great headway for India.” “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arranged a brainstorming session between space scientists and officials from different government departments so that they could understand the diverse applications of space technology in transforming India,” he added.

The ‘Cartosat-2 Series’ satellite and 29 others will be inserted into a 505-kilometre sun-synchronous orbit after about seventeen and a half minutes since its liftoff. Later, the payload Microsat developed by the ISRO will be taken down to a lower orbit at 359-kilometre height and launched using the ‘multiple engine switch-on’ method.

This satellite is the seventh remote sensing satellite in its series and has the mission life of five years. Its uses include monitoring urban and rural applications, coastal land use regulation, managing services like road networks and water distribution, detecting changes in geographical features and creation of land use maps.

The flight is the first since the setback suffered by the PSLV in August last and is set to demonstrate that the workhorse rocket is back in the game for reliable satellite launches in the low earth and polar orbits.

(To receive our E-paper on whatsapp daily, please click here. To receive it on Telegram, please click here. We permit sharing of the paper's PDF on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.)

RECENT STORIES

Bhagat Singh death anniversary: 7 movies based on the life of Bhagat Singh

Bhagat Singh death anniversary: 7 movies based on the life of Bhagat Singh

10 shayari by Mirza Ghalib that beautifully captures the pain of love, life and heartbreak

10 shayari by Mirza Ghalib that beautifully captures the pain of love, life and heartbreak

Teachers' Day 2021: Wishes, greetings in Hindi, Marathi to share on SMS, WhatsApp, Facebook and...

Teachers' Day 2021: Wishes, greetings in Hindi, Marathi to share on SMS, WhatsApp, Facebook and...

Meet Akhil Poddar young head of Rajasthan-based Poddar Group of Industries who inspires people to...

Meet Akhil Poddar young head of Rajasthan-based Poddar Group of Industries who inspires people to...

Nirjala Ekadashi: Things to keep in mind about the rituals and celebration

Nirjala Ekadashi: Things to keep in mind about the rituals and celebration