Sriharikota, 30 June-2014, CNN-IBN: The Indian Space Research Organisation on Monday launched the PSLV C-23 rocket at 9:52 am from Sriharikota. The PSLV-C23 rocket carried satellites of France, Germany, Canada and Singapore.
Among the audience was Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived at Sriharikota on Sunday, to witness the rocket launch from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.
The rocket used was the core-alone, highly-proven, four-stage PSLV. Besides its main payload of 714 kg weighing French Earth Observation Satellite SPOT-7, PSLV C23 would carry 14 kg AISAT of Germany, NLS7.1 (CAN-X4) & NLS7.2 (CAN-X5) of Canada each weighing 15 kg and the 7 kg VELOX-1 of Singapore.
ISRO has so far launched 35 satellites from 19 countries around the globe – Algeria, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Singapore, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Turkey and United Kingdom, bringing a huge sum to the country as foreign exchange.