SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket wasn’t the only launch vehicle that took to the air today: India’s PSLV-C38 rocket sent an Earth-watching spacecraft called Cartosat-2E into a pole-to-pole orbit, along with 30 nanosatellites. Eight of those pint-sized satellites will be part of San Francisco-based Spire’s low-Earth-orbit constellation for tracking maritime traffic and monitoring the weather. Seattle-based Spaceflight played a role in getting Spire’s Lemur-2 satellites on the flight, and celebrated the successful liftoff from India’s Satish Dhawan Space Center. “Congrats on another great launch,” the company told the Indian Space Research Organization in a tweet. Spaceflight has lined up more customers for future PSLV launches. One customer, Redmond, Wash.-based Planetary Resources, is aiming to have an Arkyd 6 imaging satellite put into orbit in October to test its asteroid-hunting strategy.
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