ISRO starts 28-hour countdown to launch 31 satellites

ISRO starts 28-hour countdown to launch 31 satellites

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New Delhi: All eyes are on the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) which is all geared up to launch India's 100th satellite on Friday, January 12 – along with 30 others in a single mission.

The 28-hour countdown to the launch, which is to take place at the spaceport of Sriharikota, about 110 km from here, began today.

ISRO is not new to missions launching multiple satellites in one go. In February 2017, the Indian space agency set a record by launching 104 satellites together after which 30 nanosatellites were planted in orbit in June 2017.

On its 42nd mission, ISRO's trusted workhorse 'PSLV-C40' will carry the weather observation 'Cartosat-2' series satellite and 30 co-passengers (together weighing about 613 kg) at lift-off at 9.28 am tomorrow.

As the Mission Readiness Review committee and Launch Authorisation Board cleared the countdown, the space body today said, "The 28-hour countdown activity of PSLV-C40/Cartosat2 Series Satellite Mission has started at 05.29 hours IST today".

At present, the scientists are involved in the propellant filling operation to carry out various stages of the flight, it said.

The 44.4-metre tall rocket is all set to lift off from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota.

The co-passenger satellites comprise one micro and nanosatellite each from India as well as three micro and 25 nanosatellites from six count...

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