Today, Indian Space Research Organoisation (ISRO) has launched Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle or PSLV from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

The PSLV-C40 is carrying a total of 31 satellites from 7 countries. The seven countries include India, the US, France, Finland, the UK, South Korea and Canada. The PSLV was launched at 9:28 AM.

Cartosat 2, which is a surveillance satellite of India, is also the country’s 100th satellite. It has been successfully placed into sun synchronous orbit. The scientists are of the opinion that the uniqueness of the mission lies in the fact that the satellites are to be launched in two orbits. It will take a total of 2 hours and 21 minutes to place the satellites in the two orbits. Earlier the liftoff was postponed by one minute after a fear of collision of space debris.

Within a span of seven minutes, the rocket ejected 29 nanosatellites as it went up its way up to an altitude of 519km.

Talking about the mission, retiring ISRO Chairman AS Kiran Kumar said:  “It is an excellent mission. Cartosat’s performance has been so far satisfactory.”

ISRO is carrying out the PSLV-C40 mission after four months since the failure of PSLV-C39.

K Sivan, who will succeed AS Kiran as the new ISRO Chairman said: “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.”