Sriharikota: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch its 100th satellite along with 30 others in a single mission, from the spaceport of Sriharikota, in a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) on Friday.
In its 42nd mission, the 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 today.
The four stage PSLV-C40 stands 44.4 metres tall and weighs about 320 tonne at the lift off stage.
The 31 satellites with a combined weight of 1,323 kg have been integrated with the PSLV for deploying them in the earth’s lower orbit after lift off.
The co-passenger satellites comprise one micro and nano satellite each from India as well as three micro and 25 nanosatellites from six countries — Canada, Finland, France, Korea, the United Kingdom and United States of America.
The Indian satellites are 710 kg Cartosat-2 series for Earth observation as the…