It was a red-letter day in the history of India's space research programme as ISRO launched its 100th satellite Cartosat-2, a surveillance satellite. The total weight of the liftoff was reportedly about 1323 kilograms. "This success in the New Year will bring benefits of the country's rapid strides in space technology to our citizens, farmers and fishermen", Modi tweeted.
During the last PSLV launch we had problems, today what has happened proves that the problem was properly addressed and rectified.
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.
After that 30 other smaller satellites are placed one by one. It will enable the government to keep a track of the progress of its infrastructure projects and also keep a better lookout on the Indian borders.
India's space program is reportedly one of the most cost-effective in the world.
The launch took place at 9:28 local time from the first launch pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota, in Andhra Pradesh. For instance, ISRO successfully launched the Mars Orbiter Mission called Mangalyaan in 2014 at a cost that was just a fraction of the budget of Hollywood Sci-Fi thriller Gravity. Further satellites Cartosat-2D and 2E were launched in February and June of 2017 as ISRO began to increase the size of the constellation.
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".
As per reports, ISRO plans to launch at least one satellite every month. Then another GSLV MK-II is planned to launch Chandrayaan-II moon mission in April.