Rocket blasts off with India’s first space observatory

Sriharikota, Sep 28:

A rocket, carrying seven satellites, including India’s first space observatory, blasted off from here on Monday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses after the launch of PSLV-C23 - the launch vehicle carrying French Earth Observation Satellite SPOT-7, AISAT of Germany, NLS7.1 (CAN-X4) and NSL7.2 (CAN-X5) of Canada and VELOX-1 of Singapore, at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota of Andhra Pradesh on June 30, 2014. (Photo: IANS)Exactly at 10 a.m. the 44.4 metres tall weighing around 320 ton polar satellite launch vehicle’s XL variant (PSLV-XL) blasted off the first launch pad at the rocket port here, around 80 km from Chennai.

Besides ASTROSAT, the rocket carries six other foreign satellites. (IANS)

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