NEWS | DIGEST: SPACE | ASIA PACIFIC
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully placed into orbit its 100th satellite “Cartosat 2” on January 12, 2018. The Cartosat 2 satellite was the main payload of ISRO Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) which carried India’s 100th satellite along with 30 others. The surveillance satellite from the “Cartosat 2” series for earth observation will keep an eye on India’s neighbours. The Cartosat is expected to help monitor and boost data services for coasts, road networks, water distribution, and land-use mapping. The PSLV also carried satellites from Canada, Finland, France, Republic of Korea, UK and the US. The total weight of all the 31 satellites carried on-board PSLV-C40 was about 1,323kg.