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India successfully launches ASTROSAT Along With 6 foreign crafts

Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh):Sept 28; Exactly at 10am IST, the 44.4-metre, 320-tonne polar satellite launch vehicle's XL variant (PSLV-XL) blasted off the first launch pad at the rocket port in Sriharikota, around 80km from Chennai.

Besides Astrosat, the rocket carries six other foreign satellites.

Astrosat is the country's first dedicated multi-wavelength space observatory that will help in understanding the universe.

The mission lasted about 25 minutes and 32 seconds when all the seven satellites separated from the launch vehicle. After lift-off, the PSLV rocket climbed vertically, gradually losing its ground-lit strap-on solid rocket boosters, which are used to augment the thrust provided by the first Then, about 1 minute and 52 seconds into the mission, the vehicle's first stage separated. After the second and third stage separation, the launch vehicle continued its ascent to a targeted altitude of about 404 miles (650 km), where the satellites were deployed.

The launch was witnessed by Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Y S Choudhry, who later congratulated the ISRO scientists.

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