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PSLV C-35, carrying India’s SCATSAT-1 meant for ocean and weather studies and seven other satellites, including from the US and Canada, on Monday lifted off from the spaceport. Besides SCATSAT-1, the 44.4 metre tall ISRO’s workhorse PSLV rocket is carrying two Indian university satellites, three from Algeria and one each from the US and Canada.
For the first time in its mission, the PSLV will launch its payloads in two different orbits. There will be two Fourth Stage Engine restarts for this purpose. SCATSAT-1, the primary satellite, is meant for weather forecasting, cyclone detection and tracking.