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With 31 satellites aboard PSLV, ISRO launches its 100th satellite With 31 satellites aboard PSLV, ISRO launches its 100th satellite

With 31 satellites aboard PSLV, ISRO launches its 100th satellite

Jan 12, 2018

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched 31 satellites in a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) from its spaceport of Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on Friday.

"The 28-hour countdown began at 5.29 a.m. in the mission control for the rocket launch at 9.28 a.m. on Friday," said ISRO) on its website.

The spaceport Sriharikota High Altitude Range (SHAR) is located about 80 km northeast of Chennai off the Bay of Bengal coast.

"The propellant filling operation of fourth stage of PSLV-C40 is under progress," said an update on ISRO's website on Thursday morning.

The 31 satellites with a combined weight of 1,323 kg have been integrated with the PSLV-C40 for deploying them in the earth's lower orbit after lift off.

Of the 31 satellites, three are Indian and 28 are from six countries: Canada, Finland, France, South Korea, UK and the US.

The Indian satellites are 710 kg Cartosat-2 series for Earth observation, a 100 kg micro satellite and a five kg nano satellite.

The first space mission in 2018 onboard the PSLV-C40 comes four months after a similar rocket failed to deliver the country's eighth navigation satellite in the earth's lower orbit on August 31, 2017.

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