Launch of Indian PSLV Rocket with Saral & 6 Commercial Secondary Payloads

An Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket successfully launched on February 25th 2013 at 12:31 UTC carrying Saral and 6 commercial secondary payloads into orbit from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.

The 409kg Saral is a joint ISRO (Indian) and CNES (France) satellite to study the oceans of Earth.

Two of the secondary payloads are from Canada, the 148kg ‘SAPPHIRE’ and the 74kg ‘NEOSSat’. Austria is launching two satellites at 14kg each called ‘NLS 8.1’ and ‘NLS 8.2’. Denmark is also launching ‘NLS 8.3’ weighing 3kg. The 6th secondary payload is a UK satellite called ‘STRaND-1’ and weighs 6.5kg.

Source: ISRO

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