In Photos: Indian Rocket Launches 31 Satellites to Earth Orbit

Liftoff!

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An Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) carrying 31 satellites launches on Nov. 28, 2018. You can read our full story here, including a video of the successful liftoff. See more amazing photos of the launch in our gallery here!

Rising into the Sky

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The four-stage PSLV lifted off from the First Launch Pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre on India's southeast state, in the state of Sriharikota.

Clearing the Towers

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The rocket clears the lightning towers on its way to Earth orbit.

Pillar of Flame

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The mission, known as PSLV-C43, was successful. All 31 payloads reached their intended orbits, according to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) officials.

On the Launch Pad

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A view of the PSLV on the pad before launch. This particular rocket is the "core alone" version of the PSLV, which lacks any strap-on boosters.

View from Above

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Thirty-one satellites were packed into the rocket's protective payload fairing.

In the Payload Fairing

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The PSLV's 31 satellites about to be sealed in the payload fairing.

Inside the Mobile Service Tower

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The PSLV inside the launch pad's mobile service tower.

Rocket Integration

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Integration of the PSLV's first stage in progress.

First Stage Nozzle End Segment

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The rocket's first-stage nozzle end segment is hoisted into place.

PSLV Second Stage

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The second stage of the PSLV, at the stage integration facility.

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