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Monday, September 10, 2012

Isro scores perfect 100

In a copybook launch on an overcast Sunday morning, Isro’s workhorse PSLV placed in orbit France’s SPOT 6 satellite and the Japanese spacecraft PROTIERES, some 18 minutes after a perfect lift-off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre here, thus completing its 100th successful launch. The 44-metre Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) took off on its 22nd flight into the overcast skies carrying the French satellite with a lift-off mass of 712 kg, the heaviest ever to be launched by India for an international client, and the 15-kg Japanese microspacecraft.

The successful launch was cheered by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and a congregation of ministers, MP’s, officials and scientists at the mission control room at Shar Centre.

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