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ISRO's PSLV lifts off with 2 UK satellites

September 16, 2018 22:10

A polar satellite launch vehicle has lifted off tonight from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota to put two earth observation satellites from the United Kingdom to space. 

The 33-hour countdown for the launch began at 1.08 pm on Saturday.

There is no Indian satellite on this flight. PSLV-C42 will be the first fully commercial trip of the year, breaking a five-month-long lull, for the Indian Space Research Organisation.

ISRO did not make any launch post April 12, after it put replacement navigation satellite IRNSS-1I to space on PSLV-C41. A few days after that, it recalled its GSAT-11 from the South American launch port of Kourou, weeks before it was due for launch.

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