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May - 2007 - issue > Tech Buzz

Spreading their Reach

ST Team
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
ST Team
India’s first commercial satellite launch successful
In a quantum leap forward, India successfully conducted its first launch of a commercial satellite when an indigenously built rocket put an Italian AGILE astronomical satellite into a 550-km equatorial orbit.

The polar satellite launch vehicle PSLV-C8 lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre and placed the 352-kg AGILE into orbit to catapult India into an elite group of just six nations that have the capability to launch commercial satellites.
What was also significant about the launch was that a European nation had picked the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for the launch ahead of more experienced players like France and Russia that between them have launched over 800 space missions. The US, China and Japan are the other nations with similar capabilities.

TCS to set up new center in Hyderabad
India’s largest IT services firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) thursday announced its plans to invest four billion rupees to develop a state-of-the-art development facility on 75 acres of land on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

The proposed facility, which will employ 15,000 people, will come up in the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) promoted by Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) near Hyderabad international airport.

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