With the successful launch, including 28 satellites from foreign countries, by the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), ISRO has put behind a rare failure it encountered four months ago. The next launches are lined up and about 13 launches are planned this year.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed ISRO scientists for the successful PSLV C-40 mission.
He told mediapersons after the successful launch of PSLV-C40/Cartosat-2 series mission that the satellites included nine student ones made by some universities while hinting that they could not be counted in Isro's account.More news: Deadly Kansas 'Swatting' Suspect Charged With Manslaughter
Two scientists at the ISRO said that the images collected by the satellites will be used by Indian security agencies to track military activities in neighbouring Pakistan, China, Bangladesh Sri Lanka and Nepal, according to Reuters.
Along with Cartosat-2, the seventh of its kind, two Indian satellites and 28 from six countries were placed, including the United States, France, Finland and South Korea. Therefore, after all the other satellites were released in the 505-km Sun Synchronous Orbit, the orbital height of the PSLV was brought down to ensure the placement of the microsatellite. In the next seven minutes, it placed 29 satellites as it moved up to the altitude of 519 km.
A micro satellite of India would be orbited after about 90 minutes following the re-ignition of the fourth stage, Kumar said.More news: Eagles face Falcons as top seed but underdog
Cartosat-2, weighing 710 kilograms, is one of the series of the same name and aims to provide high-resolution images of the Earth for cartographic applications, monitoring of the road network, use of coastal land and the regulation and management of public services.
Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) Director K Sivan, who has been named the successor to Kumar, noted that many global customers approached the ISRO for the launch immediately after the PSLV-C39 failure and it showed the confidence that they have in the agency's workhorse launch vehicle. So far Cartosat performance is satisfactory, he said at the mission control room.
During the last PSLV launch we had problems, today what has happened proves that the problem was properly addressed and rectified. "We will be definitely meeting their expectations in the future also". Shar director Kunhi Krishnan said the success was a tribute to the outgoing chairman A.S. Kirankumar and a welcome to chairman-designate Dr K. Sivan.More news: You shouldn't feed your dog raw meat. This is why
The launch of the second national probe to the Moon: Chandrayaan-2 (lunar vehicle, in Sanskrit) in March 2019, is among the most striking proposals.