Isro sets 31 satellites into orbit

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India has carried out dozens of satellite launches since 1999, carrying more than 200 satellites for countries around the globe, according to data from the state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

Todays mission marked a milestone in ISROs annals with a micro satellite, among the three Indian spacecraft launched, becoming the 100th to roll out through ISRO Satellite Centre Complex (ISAC). The co-passenger satellites include one microsatellite and one nanosatellite from India as well as three microsatellites and 25 nanosatellites from six countries Canada, Finland, France, Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom and USA.

The 28 global customer satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangements between Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), a Government of India company under Department of Space (DOS), the commercial arm of ISRO and the worldwide customers.

ISRO's launch vehicle Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C-40 will carry the satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Center (SDSC) in Sriharikota on January 12.

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The final 28-hour countdown for the launch of 31 satellites began on Thursday at 5.29 a.m.

In the video, we see the heat shield separating from the vehicle. The total weight of all the satellites is estimated around 1323 kg, as per ISRO's official website.

Cartosat-2 satellite is being dubbed as India's eye across the border as it will keep a close vigil on India's "hostile" neighbours.

Two scientists at the ISRO said that the images collected by the satellites will be used by Indian security agencies to track military activities in neighbouring Pakistan, China, Bangladesh Sri Lanka and Nepal, according to Reuters.

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