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 Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) had suffered a setback after the failure of the earlier PSLV-C39 mission in August last year.
The previous mission to launch backup navigation satellite IRNSS-1H on board PSLV-C39 had failed after the heat shield did not separate in the final leg of the launch sequence, with the satellite getting stuck in the fourth stage of the rocket.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed ISRO scientists for the successful PSLV C-40 mission.
The launch of the 100th satellite by @isro signifies both its glorious achievements, and also the bright future of Indias space programme, he said a tweet.
A visibly relieved ISRO Chairman AS Kiran Kumar, on his final mission as the chief of the space agency, said he was happy to provide Cartosat 2 Series as a New Year gift for the country. ISRO is starting 2018 with the successful launch. All satellites have been released. So far Cartosat performance is satisfactory, he said at the mission control room.
He said the previous launch faced a heat shield problem and an ISRO committee has addressed it and taken steps to ensure the vehicle was robust.
Todays mission marked a milestone in ISROs annals with a micro satellite, among the three Indian spacecraft launched, becoming the 100th to roll out through ISRO Satellite Centre Complex (ISAC). PTI
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