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April 20th, 2011

ISRO Sends Up Three...Naturally (Launch)

[SatNews] Persistance paid off for the Indian space agency ISRO.

The Indian space agency ISRO on Wednesday successfully launched three satellites, including Resourcesat-2, an advanced remote sensing satellite to study natural resources.

ISRO's satellite launch vehicle was also carrying the joint Indian-Russian satellite Youthsat that weighs 92-kilograms, for stellar and atmospheric studies. Additionally, accompanying Youthsat was Singapore's first satellite, X-Sat, a mini satellite for imaging applications.

The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C16) took off from the Sriharikota launch site in eastern India. This success was a relief for the Indian Space Research Organization after a series of failed launches.

Resourcesat-2, the mission's biggest satellite weighs in at 1,206-kilogram, will replace Resourcesat-1, which was launched in 2003. India is looking to emerge as a global player in the lucrative satellite launch market.