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India launches remote sensing satellite
Posted: Wed, Sep 23, 2009, 7:49 AM ET (1149 GMT)
PSLV launch of Oceansat 2 (ISRO) An Indian rocket placed a remote sensing satellite and several secondary payloads into orbit on Wednesday. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 2:21 am EDT (0621 GMT, 11:51 am Indian time) and placed its main payload, the Oceansat-2 satellite, into a 728-kilometer Sun-synchronous orbit nearly 20 minutes later. The 960-kilogram satellite carries three instruments for studies of the ocean and atmosphere. Also launched by the PSLV were six small secondary payloads weighing between 2 and 8 kilograms.
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