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Monday, June 30, 2014, 15:51
India launches rocket carrying 5 foreign satellites
By Agencies

 India launches rocket carrying 5 foreign satellites
Indians watch the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C23) rocket lifting off from the east coast island of Sriharikota, India, June 30, 2014. The rocket was carrying French Earth Observation Satellite SPOT-7 with four other satellites, AISAT of Germany, NLS7.1 (CAN-X4) and NSL7.2 (CAN-X5) of Canada and VELOX-1 of Singapore. (Photo / AP)

MUMBAI - The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Monday successfully launched the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C-23 rocket at 9:52 a.m. local time with five foreign satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota of south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived at Sriharikota on Sunday, witnessed the rocket launch from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.

The launch of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle bolsters India's goal of capturing more of the $304 billion annual global space market, and Modi seized the moment with an uplifting speech about India's prowess in cheap space technology.

"Truly this is a global endorsement of India's space capability," Modi said, adding that India's current Mars mission cost less than the budget of the Hollywood science fiction film Gravity.

The rocket used is a core-alone, highly-proven, four-stage PSLV. The final 49-hour countdown for the rocket launch begun on June 28.

Besides its primary payload of 714 kg French Earth Observation Satellite SPOT-7, PSLV C23 carried and placed in orbit 14 kg AISAT of Germany, NLS7.1 (CAN-X4) and NLS7.2 (CAN-X5) of Canada each weighing 15 kg and the 7 kg VELOX-1 of Singapore.

ISRO has so far launched 35 satellites from 19 countries worldwide.

 
 
 
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