On Friday, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle or PSLV-C40, launched successfully from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh altogether carried 31 satellites, some of which belonged to Canada, Finland, France, Korea, the United Kingdom and the U.S. - which have used India's space infrastructure and expertise to power their space dreams.
The Indian Space Research Organisation has successfully launched its 100th satellite into space.
"The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C40) deployed India's 710-kg Cartosat and 10-kg nano satellite and 100-kg micro-sat along with 28 foreign satellites into the Earth's orbit after a ideal lift-off from the launch pad", said outgoing Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman AS Kiran Kumar at the mission control facility, about 80km northeast of Chennai. The total weight of all the 31 satellites carried onboard PSLV-C40 is about 1323 kg.
This is Isro's maiden launch of 2018, while also being the first launch after the unsuccessful launch of the IRNSS-1H satellite in August 2017, when the PSLV rocket's heat shield separation failed to take place. "This success in the New Year will bring benefits of the country's rapid strides in space technology to our citizens, farmers, fishermen etc". Modi stated in another tweet.
The final 28-hour countdown for the launch of 31 satellites began on Thursday at 5.29 a.m.
India will use its latest satellites for better border surveillance and to obtain high-resolution images of the earth.
With failure of the PSLV-C39 mission launched in August 31, fresh in their minds, the entire Isro team was glued to their computer systems at the Mission Control Room holding their breath as the PSLV zoomed into the space from India's spaceport.
India's space program is reportedly one of the most cost-effective in the world.
The foreign satellites are commercial launches of the space agency's arm Antrix Corp.
Rajnath said that ISRO's achievement of launching "100 satellites is historic in many ways and a big landmark in India's journey into the space".
In February previous year, the ISRO launched 104 satellites in a single mission, a lot of them for foreign customers.