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Indian rocket launches 31 satellites

29 November 2018

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India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle lifted off Thursday and deployed in orbit a hyperspectral Earth-imaging satellite designed to assess vegetation, soil conditions and pollution in rich detail, then maneuvered to a lower altitude to release 30 more smallsats, including reinforcements for Planet and Spire's commercial Earth-observing constellations.

The 144-foot-tall (44.4-meter) rocket blasted off at 0427:30 GMT Thursday (11:27:30 p.m. EST Wednesday) from the Satish Dhawan Space Center on Sriharikota Island, located on India's east coast around 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Chennai.

Source: Spaceflight Now

Image credit: ISRO - India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle lifts off with 31 satellites.

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