NEW DELHI—India’s space agency successfully orbited the Resourcesat-2 advanced Earth-observation satellite and a couple of nanosatellites on April 20, following two consecutive launch failures last year. In its first mission of 2011, the Indian Space Research Organization’s indigenous, 900 million rupee ($20 million) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C16, made a picture-perfect liftoff at 10:12 a.m. local time from the Satish Dhawan Space Center launch pad in Sriharikota, 90 km (56 ...


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