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PSLV rocket launch successful, five satellites put into orbit
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ndia's space agency ISRO on Monday successfully launched its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket that slung into orbit five satellites, including the advanced high resolution cartography satellite Cartosat-2B. "I am extremely happy to say PSLV 16 was a successful flight. All the satellites
were injected precisely," Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K. Radhakrishnan said.

ISRO's 230 tonne PSLV - standing 44 metres tall - soared towards the heavens from the spaceport here, about 80 km north of Chennai. The five satellites together weigh 819 kg.

Apart from its main cargo - the Cartosat-2B weighing 694 kg - the other satellites that the rocket put into orbit are the Algerian remote sensing satellite Alsat-2A (116 kg), two nano satellites (NLS 6.1 AISSAT-1 weighing 6.5 kg built by the University of Toronto, Canada and one kg NLS 6.2 TISAT built by University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland) and STUDSAT, a pico satellite weighing less than one kg, built jointly by students of seven engineering colleges in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

Twenty minutes after blast off, the rocket first released Cartosat-2B followed by Alsat-2A and the three small satellites. Canada and Switzerland, and a pico (very small) satellite Studsat built by seven engineering students of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

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