ISRO hits a century: Top 10 achievements of India’s space agency

New Delhi: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) achieved a major milestone on Friday when it launched its 100th satellite – alongwith 30 others – into space.

This was ISRO’s maiden launch of 2018, while also being the first launch after the unsuccessful launch of the IRNSS-1H satellite in August 2017, when the PSLV rocket’s heat shield separation failed to take place.

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Established in 1969, ISRO’s success stories far outnumber its failures and the organisation has propelled the country into an elite club of nations with major advancements in space technology.

Here’s a quick recap of ISRO’s 10 major achievements:

1975: Launches India’s first satellite – Aryabhatta.

1983: Known as INSAT, ISRO launches nine satellite for communication and broadcast purposes.

1993: Since 1993, PSLV has launched over 40 satellites from 40 different countries.

2008: First lunar mission – Chandryaan – puts India in an elite club of six nations.

2014: Has a successful mission to Mars. Mission Mangalyan cost 10 times less than the same mission undertaken by the US previously.

2016: Launches low-cost space shuttle reusable launch vehicle at Rs 95 crore.

2016: Launches a record 20 satellites from United States, Canada, Germany and Indonesia.

2016: Creates India’s own satellite navigation system IRNSS.

2017: Successfully tests GSLV MK3 to enable India to send man to space by 2020.

2017: Launches 104 satellites in one go – the most by any space agency ever.

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