The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched its 100th satellite at 9.29 am today morning from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C40), which is undertaking its 42nd mission, carried ‘Cartosat-2’, a weather observation satellite and 30 other satellites.

This is the space agency’s first mission in 2018, and its first since the unsuccessful launch of IRNSS-1H in August last year. The entire lift-off process along with the process of placing the satellites in two orbits is to take the satellite 2 hours and 21 minutes.

What is the ‘Cartosat-2’? The satellite series is deployed to observe the earth and relay high-resolution scene-specific spot images. The images will be used for cartographic applications, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps among other things.

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