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ISRO back in business; successfully launched satellites; heres more

ISRO demonstrated multiple-burn technology that it tested in three previous launches

ISRO back in business; successfully launched satellites; heres more

The first mission of 2018 by Indian Space Research Organization proved successful showing again that Indian space agency is back with a bang.

On Friday itself, the ISRO utilized (PSLV-C40) to place 31 satellites in two different orbits in one of the longest missions.

The launch was also significant for another reason — Isro demonstrated multiple-burn technology that it tested in three previous launches.

PSLV-C40, in its 42nd flight, placed 31 satellites+ — Cartosat-2 Series, Microsat, 28 foreign nanosatellites and an Indian nanosatellite — in orbits. The foreign nanosatellites are from the US, France, Finland, the UK, South Korea and Canada.

Around 17 minutes after the lift-off from the launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 9.28am, the rocket injected its main payload- the 710kg weighing Cartosat-2 series.

Within a span of around seven minutes, the rocket ejected 29 satellites as it maneuvered its way up the altitude to 519km.

“We are coming to the launch pad after four months. Many of our customers came ready with satellites after our previous failure. It shows their confidence in us. We have some exciting launches coming up including Chandrayaan 2, GSLV MKIII and GSLV MKII” said chairman-designate K Sivan.

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