Indian rocket blasts into space carrying 10 satellites

BANGALORE, India (AFP) — An Indian rocket blasted into space Monday carrying a cluster of 10 satellites, state-run television showed, in a mission marking a milestone for the country's 45-year-old space programme.

The PSLV rocket lifted off at 9:20 am (0350 GMT) from the Sriharikota space station in southern India in clear weather.

The rocket is carrying an unprecedented payload including an Indian remote-sensing satellite, a mini satellite and eight so-called nanosatellites developed by German and Canadian research institutions.

The satellites are to be deployed in orbit within minutes of each other in a rare space feat, said public broadcaster Doordarshan which televised the launch live.