ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) accomplished its 100th mission by successfully launching PSLV-C21 at 0951 Hours IST on September 9, 2012 (Sunday Morning) at SDSC (Satish Dhawan Space Centre), Sriharikota. The Indian Rocket shot off from the ground at the exact scheduled time and successfully launched SPOT-6 (French Satellite) and PROITERES (Japanese Satellite) at their respective orbits. It was earlier reported that a third satellite RADIS (Indian Satellite) was also to be launched along-with. But no any Indian satellite was there when PSLV-C21 shot off.

Launch of PSLV-C21

Launch of PSLV-C21

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were there to witness and cheer at the moment.


Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and ISRO Chief R. Radhakrishnan

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and ISRO Chief R. Radhakrishnan

ISRO has launched the first Indian satellite “Aryabhata” in Russia on April 19, 1975. ISRO started launching foreign satellites commercially in 1999. SPOT-6 weighing 712 kg is the heaviest foreign satellite that a PSLV ever carried. ISRO’s first commercial foreign satellite launch was the Italian satellite AGILE (Astro‐rivelatore Gamma a Immagini LEggero). Since then there has been 29 successful launches including SPOT-6 and PROITERES.

Watch this video while PSLV-C21 is taking off from the ground.