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40th flight of India's PSLV declared a success

23 June 2017

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An Indian mapping satellite and 30 other payloads vaulted into space Friday aboard a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), arriving in an on-the-mark orbit more than 300 miles above Earth.

Launching on its 40th flight, the PSLV rocketed away from the Satish Dhawan Space Center, a facility nestled on Sriharikota Island on India's east coast, at 03:59 GMT Friday (11:59 p.m. EDT Thursday). The 144-foot-tall (44-meter) launcher thundered into a mostly sunny sky over the launch base, where lift-off occurred at 09:29 a.m. local time.

The four-stage rocket, boosted by six solid-fueled strap-on motors, appeared to soar flawlessly into orbit, first heading south-east, then turning south to steer around Sri Lanka and avoid flying over populated areas.

Source: Spaceflight Now

Image credit: ISRO - India's 40th Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Center at 0359 GMT Friday (11:59 p.m. EDT Thursday).

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