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India launches 31 satellites on single mission

Society 12.01.2018 | 11:21

NEW DELHI, 12 January (BelTA - Xinhua) - India on Friday successfully launched 31 satellites on a single mission from the southern spaceport of Sriharikota, officials said.

The satellies, including the country's 100th satellite Cartosat (earth observation satellite), were launched by state-owned Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) aboard its trusted workhorse Polar Launch Satellite Vehicle (PSLV) at 9.28 a.m. local time (0358 GMT).

The lift-off has been successful, ISRO officials told the media.

The Cartosat is essentially a remote sensing satellite, equipped with panchromatic and multi-spectral cameras and has a shelf life of five years.

Apart from Cartosat, other satellites comprise one micro and nano satellite each from India as well as three micro and 25 nanosatellites from six countries - Canada, Finland, France, South Korea, Britain and the United States.

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