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44th PSLV launch puts 2 UK satellites into orbit
The Indian Space Research Organisation's workhorse, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) in its 44th flight put into orbit two UK earth observation satellites in a textbook launch. It had earned the moniker of Always Sea Launch Vehicle (ASLV) as it kept failing and landing in water. Somanath had told TOI that the rare night launch was at the request of the customer - SSTL - as the satellites needed specific imaging and illumination requirements.
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