Indonesian satellite launched by Indian space agency

Jakarta, Sep 28 (IANS) An Indian rocket launched on Monday from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, carried an Indonesian satellite among others, the Indian embassy said.

The PSLV-C30 rocket was launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) at 10.00 a.m.

Apart from India’s astronomy satellite, ASTROSAT, the PSLV-C30 also launched Indonesian satellite, LAPAN A2/Orari.

A successor to LAPAN A1/Tubsat satellite which was launched in 2007 also from India, LAPAN A2/Orari satellite will be utilised for monitoring land usage, ship movements, sea resources, fishing explorations, disaster mitigation, floods, population and sea changes.

A group of LAPAN officials was at Sriharikota to witness the launch.

Indian Ambassador Gurjit Singh said that India’s space launch capabilities are now being recognised world over.

He said the launch of LAPAN satellite from PSLV-C30 showed the trust reposed by Indonesia in Indian satellite carrier and will contribute towards ISRO-LAPAN cooperation in the field of space and the spirit of South-South Cooperation.

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