The rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle’s (PSLV) put into orbit 29 nano satellites from 14 countries – Austria, Belgium, Britain, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and the US – on Friday.
The rocket’s main cargo was India’s 712 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation with a design life of five years. One of the 30 co-passenger satellites was an Indian nano satellite NIUSAT.
According to S. Rakesh the Chairman-cum-Managing Director of Antrix Corp, ISRO has launched 180 foreign satellites excluding Friday’s launch. Antrix Corp is the commercial arm of ISRO.
ISRO started launching foreign satellites in 1999.