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PSLV 23 Successfully Launched
Jul 01, 2014

Indian Space Research Organisation declared the launch of PSLV C23, carrying five foreign satellites, a success. The rocket lifted off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 9.52am on June 30. This marks exclusive commercial launch by India and the 26th consecutive successful launch of PSLV. ISRO, which had originally scheduled the launch at 9.49 am, delayed it by three minutes to avoid the possibility of some space debris getting in the way of the satellites.

PSLV-C23 injected SPOT-7, a French earth observing satellite, and four other foreign satellites, including two from Canada and one each from Germany and Singapore, into the desired orbits. PSLV-C23 placed all five satellites into their intended orbits, one after the other between 17 and 19 minutes after liftoff.

The rocket standing around 44.4 meters tall and weighing around 230 tons tore into the bright morning skies with orange flames fiercely burning at its tail. The rocket's main luggage is the 714 kg French earth observation satellite SPOT-7. In addition this, four small satellites 14-kg AISAT of Germany; NLS7.1 (CAN-X4) and NLS7.2 (CAN-X5) from Canada each weighing 15 kg and the 7-kg VELOX-1 of Singapore were also placed in the orbit.

It is a global endorsement of India's space capability. India's current Mars Mission cost less than the budget of the Hollywood science fiction film Gravity.


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