India launches 29 satellites

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People watch Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address on television, at a showroom in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir, March 27, 2019. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday in a surprise address to the nation claimed Indian scientists shot down a live satellite on a low earth orbit (LEO) with an anti-satellite weapon A-SAT. Xinhua/Javed Dar

NEW DELHI (Xinhua) – The Indian Space Research Organisation ( ISRO) yesterday successfully launched an observation satellite EMISAT and 28 international customer satellites aboard a PSLV-C45 rocket, officials said.

The satellites were launched from Satish Dhawan Space center (SDSC) in Sriharikota, off the Bay of Bengal coast n the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh at 9:27 am.

“PSLV-C45 successfully injects EMISAT into the sun-synchronous polar orbit. Now, 28 customer satellites are to be placed into their designated orbit,” a statement issued by ISRO said after the launch.

Television images showed the rocket blasting off from the launch pad and emitting a bright orange flame from its tail while moving upwards in the sky.

EMISAT is an Electronic Intelligence Satellite of the Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), while 28 foreign satellites are from four countries –Lithuania, Spain, Switzerland and the United States.

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