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India's 100th Space Mission Launches Satellites Into Orbit

•, Peter B. de Selding
 India successfully launched its 100th space mission on Sunday (Sept. 9) using its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle to send two new satellites into orbit.

The PSLV rocket carried the Astrium Services’ Spot 6 commercial Earth observation satellite into low Earth orbit in a launch that represented a milestone in the gradual privatization of commercial remote sensing. Operating from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, the PSLV also carried the 15-kilogram Proiteres amateur radio satellite, built by the Osaka I.

The 1,569-pound (712-kilogram) Spot 6 satellite will be joined in its 435-mile (700-kilometer) polar low-Earth orbit by the identical Spot 7 in 2014.

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