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India orbits 10 satellites in single launch

RIA Novosti

28/04/2008 12:16 NEW DELHI, April 28 (RIA Novosti) - India launched on Monday a PSLV-C9 rocket carrying 10 satellites, a record number for the country's space program, national television reported.

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) carried out the launch from the Sriharikota island in the Bay of Bengal.

PSLV-C9, in its thirteenth flight, delivered into polar sun-synchronous orbit two domestic satellites and eight foreign spacecraft, including nanosatellites belonging to Canada, Germany, Denmark, Japan and the Netherlands.

India's 690-kg Cartosat-2A remote sensing satellite carried the latest panchromatic camera that can record images with spatial resolution of around one meter. The satellite can be maneuvered in orbit to facilitate the operation of the camera.

The second Indian spacecraft, an experimental 83-kg Mini Satellite (IMS-1) will be used for testing advanced technology in future launches.

Eight nanosatellites were built by foreign universities and research institutions specifically for the PSLV-C9 launch under a commercial agreement with Antrix Corporation. They weigh from 3 to 16 kilograms with a total weight of about 50 kg.

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