A rocket, carrying seven satellites, including India’s first space observatory, blasted off on Monday. Also Read - Starlink satellite broadband service faces challenge in India, Elon Musk led company questionedAlso Read - Today's Google doodle is all about India's 'satellite man': Here's all you need to know
Exactly at 10 a.m. the 44.4 metres tall weighing around 320 ton polar satellite launch vehicle’s XL variant (PSLV-XL) blasted off the first launch pad at the rocket port, around 80 km from Chennai. Also Read - ISRO joins hands with MapmyIndia to develop a Google Maps rival
Besides ASTROSAT, the rocket carries six other foreign satellites.