The Indian Space Research Organisation has successfully launched its 100th satellite into space.
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. It was the second mission to the moon from India and Isro's target to explore lunar surface with a rover.
The launched satellites include the weather observation Cartosat-2 series, two more satellites from India and 28 other nations.
The rocket weighs about 1,323kg, said a senior official at the ISRO, who did not wish to be named, Reuters said. "This success in the New Year will bring benefits of the country's rapid strides in space technology to our citizens, farmers, fishermen etc".
The opening mission of 2018 was considered crucial for ISRO as the previous PSLV launch came as a setback to scientists as the backup navigation satellite IRNSS-1H could not be placed in orbit following a snag in the final leg of the PSLV-C39 mission in August a year ago. Modi stated in another tweet. "It launched 31 satellites, including three Indian and 28 commercial satellites".
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The satellites would be placed in their intended different orbits finally after manoeuvres from the space agency's Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan in Karnataka, about 180 km from Bengaluru.
India will use its latest satellites for better border surveillance and to obtain high-resolution images of the earth.
To date, ISRO has launched more than a hundred national and foreign satellites, as well as Chandrayaan-I; its Orbital Mission to Mars (Mangalayaan), and its first space observatory, Astrosat.
Recognized by experts, the Indian space program is considered one of the most efficient and active in the world for its quality and quantity, despite having much less budget than other similar projects. In February 2017, ISRO set a world record for sending 104 satellites on a single rocket.
As per reports, ISRO plans to launch at least one satellite every month.