National television broadcasted live the departure at 09:29, local time, of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), the rocket moving the satellites into space. The next launches are lined up and about 13 launches are planned this year.
"My heartiest congratulations to @isro and its scientists on the successful launch of PSLV today".
India today reaffirmed its space prowess and commercial launch capabilities as it successfully launched its 100th satellite along with 30 other spacecraft, including weather observation Cartosat 2 Series satellite onboard the Polar rocket from here.This was PSLVs longest-ever mission. The co-passenger satellites include one microsatellite and one nanosatellite from India as well as three microsatellites and 25 nanosatellites from six countries Canada, Finland, France, Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom and USA.
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. 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.
The team was seen beaming and congratulating each other after the range controller announced the successful separation of different stages, especially the heat shield, two minutes and 31 seconds after take-off and deployment of all the satellites except India's Microsat, which was injected into a lower obit an hour later. India will use its latest satellites for better border surveillance and obtaining high resolution images of the earth.
2018 is going to be one of the most ambitious years for ISRO as it plans to launch a minimum of one satellite every month. "So far, the perfromance of Cartosat has been satisfactory", ISRO chairman A S Kiran Kumar, who is set to retire on January 14, said at the mission control room in Sriharikota.
"The launch of the 100th satellite by (the ISRO) signifies both its glorious achievements and also the bright future of India's space programme", Mr Modi said on Twitter. 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. Then another GSLV MK-II is planned to launch Chandrayaan-II moon mission in April.