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Along with the satellites, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle or PSLV lifted off from 9.29 pm.

With failure of the PSLV-C39 mission launched in August 31, fresh in their minds, the entire Isro team was glued to their computer systems at the Mission Control Room holding their breath as the PSLV zoomed into the space from India's spaceport.

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The Indian Space Research Organisation successfully launched its 100th satellite into space on Friday morning IST.

"The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C40) deployed India's 710-kg Cartosat and 10-kg nano satellite and 100-kg micro-sat along with 28 foreign satellites into the Earth's orbit after a ideal lift-off from the launch pad", said outgoing Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman AS Kiran Kumar at the mission control facility, about 80km northeast of Chennai.

A visibly relieved Kiran Kumar, on his final mission as the chief of the space agency, said he was happy to provide Cartosat 2 Series as a New Year gift for the country. Sivan is set to take charge as the new Isro chairman by next week.

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The space program budget of India is around $4 billion and Modi's government is hopeful that the latest launches will help in improving India's prospects of gaining an even larger share of the global space industry, which costs over $300 billion. The launch marks ISRO's first mission in 2018.

The 100-kg micro satellite, which was India's 100th satellite, was slotted into its sun synchronous orbit, at an altitude of 359 km above the Earth.

Cartosat-2 will be used to map rural and urban areas, road and highway networks, coastal areas, and generate land-use maps, Isro said, while Microsat and the nanosatellite are "technology demonstrators" that will test satellite designs for future missions.

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Along with the weather observation Cartosat-2 series which weighs 710 kg, the PSLV C-40 will carry 30 satellites weighing a total of 613 kg at lift-off. The data can be utilised for topographic mapping, vegetation monitoring, aerosol scattering studies and cloud studies.

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