For the observation of Earth, 710 kilograms of Cartosat-2 is the primary satellite, which includes 100 kilograms of micro and 10 kilograms of nano satellites.
Sriharikota: In a landmark move, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) this morning successfully sent up a rocket carrying India's 100th satellite along with 30 others. "This year, communication satellite GSAT 11 will be launched which will give us 14 Gbps capacity".
ISRO chairman ASKiran Kumar (C) and other members brief the media after the launch. Tomorrow's launch also marks the first launch for ISRO in 2018 following the unsuccessful mission of navigation satellite IRNSS-1H previous year. The total weight of all the 31 satellites carried onboard PSLV-C40 is about 1323 kg, according to information provided by Isro.
Following the successful launch of today's PSLV-C40, ISRO officials congratulated the team to have executed the mission in a short span of time even after failure.
Reusable Launch Vehicle, 2016: In May, Isro successfully tested the Reusable Launch Vehicle - Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD) that was built on a budget of Rs 95 crore.
K Sivan, a renowned scientist, is set to take the helm at ISRO, replacing AS Kiran Kumar as the chief. Rocket launches are risky business. It shows their confidence in us. Kiran Kumar further said, "It is an excellent mission". It is because of the failure that ISRO took more time for the PSLV-C40 launch.
The foreign satellites are commercial launches of the space agency's arm Antrix Corp. For the next 20 years, it launched various satellites for historic missions such as the Chandrayaan and Mangalyaan.
Among the 28 worldwide co-passenger satellites, 19 belong to the United States, five from South Korea and one each from Canada, France, UK and Finland. GSLV is key to India's big leap into the space business and long interplanetary and Moon and Mars missions in future.