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ISRO successfully launches 2 British Earth Observation Satellites weighing 450-kg each

The Indian Space Research Organization today launched its heavy-weight rocket, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), into orbit carrying two earth observation satellites of Britain’s Surrey Satellite Technology Limited.

PSLV-C42 is carrying two earth observation satellites of Britain’s Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), NovaSAR and S1-4, weighing 450 kg each.

Today's launch marks the 44th launch of the Indian rocket the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) at Sriharikota, India's rocket port on the coast of the Bay of Bengal in Andhra Pradesh.

India is seeking a larger share of the more than $300 billion global space industry as prime minister Narendra Modi seeks to project it as a global low-cost provider of services in space.

PSLV-C42 is the first fully commercial trip of the year, breaking a five-month-long lull, for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

After a long gap, the Indian Space Research Organisation launched two dedicated commercial satellites.

The two satellites NovaSAR and S1-4 belongs to Surrey Satellite Technologies Limited (SSTL).

Today's launch is a collaboration between Surrey Satellite Technologies Limited and Antrix Corporation Limited, ISRO's commercial arm.

NovaSAR is a S-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite intended for forest mapping, land use & ice cover monitoring, flood & disaster monitoring.

S1-4 is a high resolution Optical Earth Observation Satellite, used for surveying resources, environment monitoring, urban management and for the disaster monitoring.

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