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India Sends  31 Satellites Into Space
India Sends  31 Satellites Into Space

India Sends 31 Satellites Into Space

India Sends 31 Satellites Into Space

India fired a rocket carrying 31 small satellites into space on Friday, several of them for European countries looking for high resolution earth images, underlining its strength as a low-cost provider of services in space. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle launched a 712 kg Cartosat-2 satellite for earth observation and 30 other tiny satellites from Sriharikota in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, Reuters reported. The rocket is carrying satellites from India and 14 other countries, including Austria, Belgium, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia, as part of an international commercial arrangement by the state-run Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). The Indian government has been promoting the space program as a showcase of low-cost technology. In February, the ISRO launched 104 satellites in a single mission, most of them for foreign customers. In 2015, the global space industry was valued at $323 billion, according to Space Foundation report, and India accounted for just 0.6% of that business. Friday’s lift-off comes 18 days after India put a three-ton satellite, its heaviest, into the orbit matching the technical know-how of the United States, Russia, China, Japan and the European Space Agency.

 

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