Six Singapore satellites take off on Isro's PSLV

The Indian Space Research Organisation's (Isro's) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C29) put in orbit six Singapore satellites. A core-alone version of the PSLV (without solid strap-on motors) lifted off from the first launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, 100km north of Chennai, at 6 pm. A little more than 18 minutes later, the rocket ejected the 400 kg TeLEOS-1 into a 549 km circular orbit. The other five satellites (two micro satellites and one nano satellite) were put in orbit within another three minutes before the fourth stage of the rocket restarted to move away from the satellites launched before.
Soon after the last of the satellites was put in the orbit, Isro chairman A S Kiran Kumar announced the mission a success.

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