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Indian space mission successfully launches 31 satellites

NEW DELHI, Jan 12 (KUNA) -- The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced on Friday that it has successfully launched 31 satellites including indigenous Cartosat-II on-board its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C40) in a single mission.
The Indian Department of Space said in a statement that the (PSLV-C40) succeeded in launching 31 satellites including three Indian and 28 others owned by international customers from the US, the UK, Canada, Finland, France and the Republic of Korea.
The successful launch was carried out from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, situated in the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh as the PSLV-C40 lifted-off from "the first launch pad and after a flight lasting 16 minutes 37 seconds" all satellites were successfully separated from the PSLV as planned by the ISRO.
The Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) of ISRO headquartered at Bengaluru city took over the control of the Indian satellite. the 710-kg Cartosat-II Series Remote Sensing Satellite is key to India's space mission.
India had launched its fifth satellites dedicated for defense forces in the Cartosat-II series in June last year and the current mission has placed in the orbit the final and sixth one.
Indian space organization had successfully placed 104 satellites including 101 from foreign countries for the first time in a single mission on-board its PSLV in last February. (end) atk.bs