Other satellites comprise one micro and nano satellite each from India as well as three micro and 25 nanosatellites from six countries - Canada, Finland, France, South Korea, Britain and the United States. He said, "Many customers have come to ISRO for their launch immediately after our last failure".
Cartosat-2 Series is an advanced remote sensing satellite similar in configuration to earlier six spacecraft in the series and meant to augment data services to the users.
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The total weight of all the 31 satellites carried on-board PSLV-C40 is about 1,323 kgs.
# "The micro satellite will be India's 100th satellite in space", ISRO Satellite Centre Director M. Annadurai said.
A solid-fueled third stage and liquid-fueled fourth stage will complete the task of placing the satellites into orbit, with separation of Cartosat 2F - the mission's prime payload - scheduled for T+plus 17 minutes, 18 seconds. This mission had lasted two hours and 15 minutes, ISRO scientists said.
ISRO made nearly Rs 300 crore from foreign satellite launches in 2016-17 and officials have maintained over the past year that smaller satellite launches will play a big role in the future. At the occasion, the outgoing ISRO chairman Kiran Kumar said that the successful launch of Cartosat-2 series satellite is a gift to country from ISRO. It is carrying the 710 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite which consists of special panchromatic and multi-spectral cameras operating in time delay integration mode to deliver high-resolution data. Sivan was speaking in the context of ISRO's failed launch in August.