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Sriharikota: The launch of India's 100th space mission on Sunday gave some anxious moments to French officials when there was a minor flight path deviation of the PSLV C-21 rocket, which put their and a Japanese satellite in orbit.
The officials looked worried as their advanced remote sensing satellite SPOT 6 was minutes away from being injected into orbit, but heaved a sigh of relief when the launch vehicle resumed its normal flight path.
However, ISRO officials downplayed the incident and said it was not a major issue.
Describing such incidents as "minor," they said on-board computers immediately bring the launch vehicle to its original path in such cases.
In a landmark in the history of its space programme, India today successfully launched its 100th mission with its workhorse PSLV-C21 placing the two foreign satellites in orbit in a flawless flight from the spacesport here.
This was the third wholly commercial launch with no Indian satellite. Apart from SPOT-6, Japanese 15 kg micro satellite PROITERES was also injected into orbit.
The launch originally scheduled for 9.51 AM was delayed by two minutes to avoid collision with space debris.