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The team was seen beaming and congratulating each other after the range controller announced the successful separation of different stages, especially the heat shield, two minutes and 31 seconds after take-off and deployment of all the satellites except India's Microsat, which was injected into a lower obit an hour later.

He told mediapersons after the successful launch of PSLV-C40/Cartosat-2 series mission that the satellites included nine student ones made by some universities while hinting that they could not be counted in Isro's account.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) had suffered a setback after the failure of the earlier PSLV-C39 mission in August past year.

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) today put 31 satellites into orbit, including national Cartosat-2, in the restart of a new operation cycle after a four-month pause.

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.

The images sent by Cartosat-2 series satellite will be useful for cartographic applications, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, road network monitoring, water distribution, the creation of land use maps and change detection to bring out geographical Land Information Systems and Geographical Information System applications, Isro stated.

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The previous mission to launch backup navigation satellite IRNSS-1H on board PSLV-C39 had failed after the heat shield did not separate in the final leg of the launch sequence, with the satellite getting stuck in the fourth stage of the rocket. "It launched 31 satellites, including three Indian and 28 commercial satellites".

"The performance of the launch vehicle was very impressive and followed its intended path perfectly", said the newly appointed ISRO chief K. Sivan.

After that 30 other smaller satellites are placed one by one.

The next mission of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark II was being assembled and is scheduled to be launched next month, Kumar added.

Worldwide customer satellites are three micro and 25 nano-satellites from six countries - Canada, Finland, France, Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

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