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NEW DELHI (Sputnik) – The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully launched on Friday PSLV-C38 rocket on a mission to send 31 satellites, including India's Cartosat 2 and NIUSAT satellites along with 29 foreign nano satellites, into orbit, ISRO said in a press release. "India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its 40th flight (PSLV-C38), launched the 712 kg <0.7 tonnes> Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation and 30 co-passenger satellites together weighing about 243 kg <0.2 tonnes> at lift-off into a 505 km <313 mile> polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO)," ISRO said. According to ISRO, the co-passenger satellites comprise 29 nano satellites from 14 countries namely, Austria, Belgium, Chile, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the United States as well as one nano satellite from India. Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi congratulated ISRO on the successful launch.