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Five UK satellites go into orbit on Indian rocket

10 July 2015

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An Indian rocket has put five UK satellites in orbit. It is thought to be the largest number of wholly British-built spacecraft to go up on a single launch.

The quintet includes three satellites to image the Earth and support disaster monitoring and relief, and two to test technologies that could be used on future spacecraft.

The Indian space agency's PSLV rocket lifted off from Sriharikota at 21:58 local time (17:28 BST). It was the vehicle's heaviest commercial load to date - a total of 1,440kg.

The trio of imaging spacecraft - known as DMC-3 - were built by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) in Guildford and will be in the sole operational control of its subsidiary, DMCii.

Source: BBC News

Image credit: EPA - PSLV rocket launch

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