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India prove their mettle once again – Mission 31 accomplished

India once again created history with the successful launch of the PSLV – c38, carrying 31 satellites of 14 countries. The PSLV – c38 blasted off from the Sri Harikota space station of ISRO at 0929 hours this morning. The PSLV is carrying the Cartosat – 2 series satellite which is essentially a dedicated defence forces satellite, along with 29 other co satellites belonging to 14 countries – Austria, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and a Nano satellite from India. According to ISRO, the 29 international customer Nano satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangements between Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), commercial arm of ISRO and international customers.  The previous satellite in the series having  a resolution of 0.8 metres and the images it captured on the neighbourhood had helped New Delhi, plan and carry out surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads across the Line of Control last year, ISRO sources said. The latest version, the Cartosat – 2, has a resolution of 0.6 meters meaning that it will provide the minutest of the details in the images it captures, enabling, specially the defence forces to keep a sharper view on the cross border activities.

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