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Satellite Launch Called a Success

April 19, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

India said it successfully launched a 400-ton rocket carrying a communications satellite, entering the small club of countries that are capable of sending commercial payloads into orbit.

The satellite entered orbit 17 minutes after launch at 3:43 p.m., said officials at the space center on the island of Sriharikota, about 1,000 miles south of New Delhi.

India hopes the launch, the product of 10 years of effort, will mark its entry into the multibillion-dollar commercial satellite business.

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