India launches 100th satellite in space

Chandrayaan-1

On August 31, India's mission to launch its backup navigation satellite IRNSS-1H on board PSLV-C39 failed after a technical fault on the final leg following a flawless launch.

"PM 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.

Meanwhile, the launch also marked the national space agency's foray into small satellite market.

The satellite will be launched shortly. "So far Cartosat performance is satisfactory", he said at the mission control room.

Referring to the previous launch, he said it had heat shield problem and an ISRO committee had addressed it and taken steps to ensure the vehicle was "robust". "As a result of that the satellite is inside the heat shield.", ISRO chairman A S Kiran Kumar was quoted as saying by news agency PTI on August 31.

Islamabad said New Delhi must refrain from putting the new satellite to military use which could create trouble in the region.

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The Aug. 31 failure broke a string of 39 successful PSLV missions in a row since 1993.

The PSLV-C40 mission is scheduled to be launched at 9.28am on Friday at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.

The satellites will be placed into two orbits- thirty of the satellites in an orbit of 550 km, and one 359-km above the Earth.

Cartosat 2F and 29 of the PSLV's secondary payloads will separate from the PSLV in a 313-mile-high (505-kilometer) sun-synchronous type orbit in the first 25 minutes of the mission. This took slightly more time for PSLV-C40 launch. It weighs 710 kg and is used for earth observation.

The 28 global customer satellites were launched as part of the commercial arrangements between ISRO and its commercial arm Antrix Corporation Ltd.

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