New Year’s Gift by ISRO: Cartosat 2 Series
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* New Year’s Gift by ISRO: Cartosat 2 Series *
The space agency of the Government of India, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has its headquarters in the city of Bangalore. It harnesses space technology for national development. It was formed in 1969 with the help of India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru and scientist Vikram Sarabhai.
ISRO is an epitome of success and development. It built the first satellite of India, Aryabhata on 19 April 1975. In 1980, Rohini became the first satellite to be orbited successfully by SLV-3. SLV-3 was an Indian-made space launch vehicle. As the time passed, it continuously achieved milestones. On 12th January 2018, ISRO launched its 100th satellite, Cartosat 2 Series successfully into the orbit. It is the seventh in the series and is a weather observation satellite. A nano satellite and 28 other commercial payloads were used to onboard its dependable Polar rocket from here. They were also injected into the orbit one by one with the help of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV C-40. PSLV C-40 was launched from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Shar, Sriharikota.
Four months before the launching of the satellites using PSLV C-40, ISRO faced an unusual failure of its mission. It was to launch a backup navigation spacecraft IRNSS-1H onboard PSLV-39. This opening mission of 2018 was considered an important one for ISRO, due to the failure of previous PSLV launch. It came as an obstacle and delay for the scientists. IRNSS-1H could not be injected into the orbit, as the heat shield of the rocket did not separate in the final step of the launch sequence. As a result, the satellite was trapped in the fourth stage of the rocket.
It was the final mission of Kiran Kumar, as the chief of the space agency and he was happy on its success. He presented Cartosat 2 Series in the form of a New Year gift for the country. Referring to the failure of the previous launch, he said that an ISRO committee has addressed the heat shield problem, and the steps have been taken to ensure that the vehicle is ‘robust’.
ISRO has once again made the nation proud and it has proved the capability of India, time and again in space dexterity. It has even made a world record by launching 104 satellites in a single mission in its thirty-ninth flight (PSLV C-37). Setting up goals and making records, it has served the nation from the time it has been established.