In its thirty first flight (PSLV-C30) conducted in September, India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle successfully launched ASTROSAT, the country’s Multi Wavelength Space Observatory along with six foreign customer satellites into a 644.6 X 651.5 km orbit inclined at an angle of 6 deg to the equator. The achieved orbit is very close to the intended one. This was the thirtieth consecutive success for PSLV. PSLV was launched in September in its heaviest ‘XL’ version with six strap-on motors of the first stage. The launch took place from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. The 320 tonne, 45 m tall PSLV-C30 carrying seven satellites including the 1513 kg ASTROSAT, lifted off at 10:00 hrs IST.