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The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) today put 31 satellites into orbit, including national Cartosat-2, in the restart of a new operation cycle after a four-month pause.

The 28 worldwide customer satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangements between ISRO and Antrix Corporation Ltd., a company under Department of Space.

The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) has launched "Cartosat-2" series satellite along with 30 co-passenger satellite at 9.28 a.m. ISRO has also adopted an optimum sequence so as to avoid any kind of collisions.

A day after the launch, ISRO has released a video of the entire process of the satellite launch, shot by an onboard camera. More than half of the micro and nano satellites were for the Unites States, and the remainder India, Canada, Finland, France, South Korea and the United Kingdom.

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India's space programme has a budget of around US$4 billion (S$5.3 billion) and the Modi government hopes that the latest launches will improve its prospects of winning a larger share of the more than US$300 billion global space industry.

As the rocket flew against a sullen skyline, the smaller satellites from foreign vendors were placed in orbit, one after the other. The total weight of all the satellites is estimated around 1323 kg, as per ISRO's official website. The lift-off took place on Friday from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

Cartosat-2 will be used to map rural and urban areas, road and highway networks, coastal areas, and generate land-use maps, Isro said, while Microsat and the nanosatellite are "technology demonstrators" that will test satellite designs for future missions.