India successfully launches 7 satellites
NEW DELHI, Feb 25, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
India Monday successfully
launched into space seven satellites, including an Indo-French
satellite called SARAL, from the spaceport of Sriharikota in the
southern state of Andhra Pradesh, sources said.
The state-owned Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)'s
home-made polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV) blasted off at 6.
01 p.m. local time, carrying 410-kg SARAL, aimed at oceanographic
studies, and six other small satellites from Austria, Britain,
Canada and Denmark, and successfully put all of them into orbit.
The ISRO-built SARAL with payloads -- Argos and Altika -- from
French space agency CNES will help enhance the understanding of
the ocean state conditions.
India began its space journey in 1975 with the launch of
Aryabhatta using a Russian rocket and it has completed 100
missions so far.
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