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ISRO successfully launches Cartosat-2 series satellite from Sriharikota

ISRO successfully launches Cartosat-2 series satellite from Sriharikota

Of the 31 satellites, three are Indian and the rest are from Canada, Finland, France, South Korea, UK and the US.

The upcoming launches include the GSLV-F10/Chandrayaan-2 Mission, which is planned for the first half of this year and will be India's second mission to the moon. "Subsequently, however, India made it clear that it would build, launch and operate the satellite exclusively", Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria had said.

"The 31 spacecrafts, including weather observation Cartosat-2 series satellite, will be launched by PSLV-C40", said ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC) director M. Annadurai.

The PSLV carries 31 satellites in total from countries including India and six other countries.

PSLV-C40 will be launched from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota on Friday at 9.29 am. A visibly relieved 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.

Meanwhile, the launch also marked the national space agency's foray into small satellite market.

A microsatellite of India would be orbited after about 90 minutes following the re-ignition of the fourth stage, Kumar said. The failure stranded the IRNSS 1H satellite on the PSLV's upper stage, leaving it unable to separate from the rocket to begin its mission. This took slightly more time for PSLV-C40 launch. The success of the launch comes as a big relief to the organization as its previous mission in August had failed.

The Cartosat-2, whose imagery will be used to develop various land and geographical information system applications, was placed in a circular polar sun synchronous orbit 505 km from the Earth.

It will mark the PSLV's return-to-flight after a four-month grounding in the wake of a failure in August.

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