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Sep 09, 2012
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India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its twenty-second
flight (PSLV-C21) launched French earth observation satellite SPOT 6 along with a
micro-satellite from Japan in to a 655 km polar orbit inclined at an angle of 98.23
deg to the equator. PSLV-C21 launched from the First Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan
Space Centre (SDSC SHAR), Sriharikota.
With a lift-off mass of 712 kg, SPOT 6 is the heaviest satellite
launched by PSLV for an international customer as on Sep 2012. The Japanese
micro-satellite PROITERES, carried as an auxiliary payload, has a lift-off mass of
15 kg. PSLV-C21 is the eighth flight of PSLV in 'core-alone' configuration (without
solid strap-on motors).