SRIHARIKOTA (AP), June 23 - India today successfully put into orbit a satellite that will give a boost to its military surveillance capabilities along with 30 other tiny satellites � all but one of them foreign � from a single rocket in yet another milestone for its low-cost space programme.
The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in its 40th flight (PSLV-C38) lifted off majestically from the first launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre here at 9.29 am and injected the 31 satellites into orbit about 27 minutes after lift off, amid applause from scientists.
Dubbed as a �smart eye in the sky�, the 712-kg Cartosat-2 series earth observation spacecraft launched by the 44.4-metre-tall rocket as its primary payload is an advanced remote sensing satellite that is expected to give defence surveillance a leg up. The 31 satellites together weighed 955 kg.
Today�s mission was the second highest number of satellites to be launched by the ISRO using a single rocket.
On February 15, the PSLV-C37 mission launched 104 satellites into orbit at one go, scripting history. Of this, 101 satellites were from foreign countries. � PTI