The successful launch of an advanced Indian remote-sensing satellite--the country's third mission of the year--was a reminder that China is not the only Asian country with outsize space ambitions. Resourcesat-1 (IRS-P6) was lofted on Oct. 17 into an 821-km. (509-mi.), 98.76-deg.-inclination polar Sun-synchronous orbit from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota. The mission, which included a small 50-kg. (110-lb.) amateur payload, was the eighth successful one for India's ...

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