Indian space agency launches five foreign satellites
Thursday, July 3, 2014
The primary payload was an France called which weighed 714 . Other satellites included on board were the German AISat, 14 kg; Canadian NLS7.1 ( ) and NLS7.2 (CAN-X5), 15 kg each; and Singaporean VELOX 1, 7 kg.from
The launch took place at 9:52 AM on Monday morning, delayed from the original schedule by three minutes to avoid space debris. This was the 26th successful launch of a PSLV. Along with the US, Russia, the European Union, China, and Japan, India is one of the few nations that offer commercial launch services. These services are provided by , the commercial department of ISRO. ISRO's next major launch may be this month using a launch vehicle.
The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present at the launch site. He addressed the scientists after the launch congratulating them, and asked them to build a satellite suitable for use by all the nations of the (SAARC). He also emphasized the frugal approach of India to the space industry. Phillipe Ghesquiers of , the builders of SPOT 7, expressed satisfaction at the launch and stated they may use India's launch services again in the future.
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