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India leaps forward in the space market

The latest launch of a cluster of small satellites shows the nation is poised to occupy a key position

Bystanders watching as Isro's satellite CARTOSAT-2, along with 20 other satellites from the US, Canada, Germany and Indonesia on board the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, is launched from Sriharikota in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh on June 22.

THE Indian space programme took a leap forward last week when a launcher put 20 satellites into space. It wasn't the weight of the satellites that was significant but the precision needed to put them into space within minutes of each other without any mishap. The largest was a 725 kg satellite...