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India successfully launches third navigation satellite


Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses after the launch of PSLV-C23 - the launch vehicle carrying French Earth Observation Satellite SPOT-7, AISAT of Germany, NLS7.1 (CAN-X4) and NSL7.2 (CAN-X5) of Canada and VELOX-1 of Singapore, at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota of Andhra Pradesh on June 30, 2014. (Photo: IANS)Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh), Oct 16 :

India Thursday successfully launched its third of its seven planned navigational satellites from its spaceport here.

At 1.32 a.m. Thursday, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C26) carrying the 1,425-kg Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System-1C (IRNSS-1C) lifted off.

The 44.4 metres tall rocket, weighing around 320 tonnes is expected to spit out the satellite into the space around 20 minutes after the blast-off.