THE INDIAN SPACE RESEARCH ORGANIZATION launched its first satellite of 2018, the PSLV-C40 carrying Cartosat-2 series satellite on Friday. It was a historic launch,the 100th satellite by ISRO.
India launched its 100th satellite on Friday to collect images which will be used by its security agencies to track military activities in neighboring Pakistan, China, Bangladesh Sri Lanka and Nepal. A total of 31 small satellites were launched.
Modi said on twitter, ”The launch of the 100th satellite by ISRO signifies both its glorious achievement and also the bright future of India’s space program”
ISRO PAKISTAN raised objections over the launch of the satellite stating its dual nature, both military and civilian, can impose a negative impact on the regional strategic stability.While all states have a legitimate right to pursue peaceful uses of space technologies, the Foreign Office spokesman on Thursday, while pointing to the impending launch of 31 satellites by India which will have dual use, remarked, “However, all space technologies, including earth observation satellites, have inherently dual use and can be employed for both civilian and military purposes. Given the dual use nature of such technologies, it is essential that such pursuits are not directed towards a build-up of destabilising military capabilities, which can negatively impact the regional strategic stability.”
India’s space program has a budget of around $4 billion and Modi’s government hopes the latest launches will improve its prospects of winning a larger share of the more than $300 billion global space industry.
The “PSLV-C40/Cartosat-2 Series Satellite Mission” was launched on Friday, Jan 12, 2018 at 09:29am (IST) from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of SatishDhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.