Celebrating ISRO’s 100th Satellite Launch – Presenting Its Incredible Journey Till Date!


ISRO – Indian Space Research Organisation entered into the new with a bang by launching its 100th satellite. Space agency ISRO this morning successfully sent up a rocket carrying India’s 100th satellite along with 30 others, four months after failed launch.The 30 other satellites include two other satellites from India and 28 satellites from six countries — Canada, Finland, France, Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States. On this day, Here is a look at when and how ISRO completed all these launches over the years.

February 16, 1962
INCOSPAR formed by DAE work on establishing Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station (TERLS) started.


November 21, – 1963
First Sounding rocket Launch


January 1, 1965
Space Science Technology Centre (SSTC) established in Thumba


January 1, 1967
Satellite Telecommunication Earth Station set up in Ahmedhabad


August 15, 1969
ISRO formed under DAE (Department of Atomic Energy).. In 1975 it became a Government organisation.


April 19, 1975
Aryabhata Launch – ISRO first Indian Satellite


June 7, 1979
Bhaskara 1 Launch – an experimental satellite for earth observatios, Launched


August 10, 1979
SL3 Launch with Rohini Technology Payload on board (Satellite couln’t be placed in orbit). The SLV project was helmed by Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam and he went on to develop the PSLV projects which are even used till date.


June 19, 1981
Apple Launch – Geo stationary communication satellite launched


November 20, 1981
Bhaskara 2 Launch


April 10, 1982
INSAT 1A launch and got deactivated on september 6 1982


March 17, 1988
IRS 1A Launch – Launch of first operational Remote Sensing Satellite, IRS-1A
1B – Aug 29,1991
1C – Dec 28,1995
1D- Sept 29,1997


April 3, 1999
INSAT-2E Launch, the last satellite in the multipurpose INSAT-2 series, launched by Ariane from Kourou French Guyana.


Apr 18, 2001
GSLV-D1 / GSAT-1 Launch, The first developmental launch of GSLV-D1 with GSAT-1 on board from Sriharikota.


October 22, 2001
PSLV-C3 / TES Launch
ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C3,successfully launched three satellites — Technology Experiment Satellite (TES) of ISRO, BIRD of Germany and PROBA of Belgium – into their intended orbits.


September 12, 2002
ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C4, successfully launched KALPANA-1 satellite from Sriharikota.


September 20, 2004
GSLV-F01 / EDUSAT(GSAT-3) Launch
The first operational flight of GSLV (GSLV-F01) successfully launched EDUSAT from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota.


January 10, 2007
PSLV-C7/CARTOSAT-2/SRE-1 Mission Launch
ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C7 successfully launches four satellites – India’s CARTOSAT-2 and Space Capsule Recovery Experiment (SRE-1) and Indonesia’s LAPAN-TUBSAT and Argentina’s PEHUENSAT-1.


January 22, 2007
SRE-1 Launch
Successful recovery of SRE-1 after manoeuvring it to reenter the earth’s atmosphere and descend over the Bay of Bengal about 140 km east of Sriharikota.


January 21, 2008
PSLV-C10 Launch
PSLV-C10 successfully launches TECSAR satellite under a commercial contract with Antrix Corporation (January 21, 2008).


April 28, 2008
PSLV-C9/CARTOSAT-2A Mission Launch
PSLV-C9 successfully launches CARTOSAT-2A, IMS-1 and 8 foreign nano satellites from Sriharikota (April 28,2008).


October 22, 2008
PSLV-C11/Chandrayaan-1 Launch
PSLV-C11 successfully launches CHANDRAYAAN-1 from Sriharikota (October 22, 2008).


November 27, 2010
HYLAS Launch
Successful launch of advanced communication satellite HYLAS (Highly Adaptable Satellite), built by ISRO on a commercial basis in partnership with EADS-Astrium of Europe, by Ariane-5 V198 from Kourou French Guiana.


November 5, 2013
PSLV – C25 / Mars Orbiter Mission Launch (MANGALYAN)
PSLV – C25 successfully launches Mars Orbiter Mission Spacecraft from Sriharikota.


December 18, 2014
LVM3-X / CARE Mission
Experimental suborbital flight of India’s next generation launch vehicle that tested the vehicle for the crucial atmospheric phase of its flight. The payload – CARE module – reentered the atmosphere and was slowed using parachutes before splashdown in Andaman Sea.


July 2015
PSLV – C28 Launch
The C28 was the heaviest commercial mission taken up by ISRO with a payload of over 1440kg. The PSLV rocket successfully launched five satellites by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), United Kingdom.


April 2016
Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System
During the Kargil war in 1999, the United States denied India, access to their GPS data which led ISRO to develop India’s own GPS navigation system. The IRNSS program included 7 satellites that aggregate into the navigation system,
NavIC (Navigation with Indian Constellation).
NavIC keeps a tab on the Indian borders but its range exceeds well above 1500km outside. The real -time data by the satellites can track an object by up to 10 meters.


May 23, 2016
Reusable Launch Vehicle-Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD) Launch


June 2016
ISRO, in June of last year launched 20 satellites through a single rocket which was a record in itself. The primary satellite was Cartosat-2 along with two satellites from Sathyabama University, Chennai and College of Engineering, Pune. The Cartosat-2 series satellite was intended to map the country’s urban, rural and coastal, land and water spread.


February 15, 2017
PSLV-C37 / Cartosat -2 Series Satellite Launch
ISRO successfully launched and placed in orbit, a total of 104 satellites into space. In comparison, only the Russian Space Agency had the record of launching 37 satellites in one go.


January 12, 2018
PSLV-C40/Cartosat-2 Series Satellite Mission
Indian space agency Isro launched its 100th satellite along with 30 others in a single mission on Friday from Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh.Thirty-one spacecrafts, including weather observation Cartosat-2 series satellite, were launched by PSLV-C40. Out of the 31, 28 satellites are foreign, while three are from India.


And finally, here goes the list of all the satellites launched by ISRO till date..


Source: ISRO


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