India launches mapping satellite
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India launches mapping satellite

Wolfgang Gruener

India's space agency launched a high-tech mapping satellite on Thursday that could track every house and street in the sprawling nation of over a billion people, state television said.

The CARTOSAT-1, carried by an indigenous rocket, signals an advanced effort by India to get into the lucrative business of satellite launch services and using space technology for rural and urban development.

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