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India successfully launches PSLV-C9

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Apr 28, IRNA
India's PSLV-C9, blasted off successfully from the Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota at 09.23 Monday morning.

According to All India Radio (AIR) report, It was an awesome sight as the giant 44 meter high 230-ton four stage vehicle, roared into the clear skies, belching orange flames and leaving behind a trail of smoke with a rumble that shook the earth. A galaxy of scientists, led by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chief G Madhavan Nair, watched the course of the flight from the Mission Control Center with bated breadth.

Anxiety gave way to smiles and all round applause at the mission control center as the satellites were put into orbit one after another in a sequence. PSLV carried 10 payloads including 690 kg CARTOSAT-2A along with the 83 kg Indian Mini Satellite (IMS-1) and eight foreign Nano satellites, all put together weighing 50 kg This is the 13th flight of PSLV, the trusted launch vehicle of the ISRO, and third flight with 'core-alone' configuration.

CARTOSAT-2A, carries a state-of-the-art panchromatic camera capable of taking black-and-white pictures in visible region of the electromagnetic spectrum. It would be used for mapping purposes and management of natural resources. The Indian Mini Satellite (IMS-1) is an experimental remote sensing satellite which would be used as a platform for trying out advanced technology in the coming launches.

The ISRO Chief Kasturirangan said it is a memorable day for ISRO and it was a text book mission. He said the entire mission performance was satisfactory. Congratulating the scientists associated with the launch he said Team ISRO has done it again.


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