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India launches 31 satellites, including 29 foreign payloads

Saudi Press Agency

Friday 1438/9/28 - 2017/06/23

New Delhi, Ramadan 28, 1438, June 23, 2017, SPA -- India's space agency launched 31 satellites including its main earth observation satellite and 29 foreign payloads in a single mission on Friday, dpa reported.

An Indian Space Research Organization rocket launched from the Sriharikota spaceport in southern India at 9:05 am (0335 GMT) and placed the satellites into their prescribed orbit some 23 minutes later.

The main payload, the Cartosat-2, a high-resolution cartography satellite, weighs 712 kilogrammes and has a design life of five years, an ISRO official said.

The co-passenger satellites comprise 29 nano-satellites from 14 countries including Austria, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Britain and US as well as a nano-satellite from India, the ISRO said in a statement.

The 30 smaller satellites weigh about 243 kilogrammes.

15:05 LOCAL TIME 12:05 GMT

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