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Latvian satellite launched into space

On June 23 at 6.59 a.m. Latvian time the first Latvian satellite Venta-1 was vaulted into space, reported Latvian Television. 

It was launched with 30 other payloads from the Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota Island on India’s east coast. 

The satellite hosts digital cameras and a ship tracking instrument. 

A few hours after its launch scientists at the Tartu Observatory reported receiving a signal from the satellite.

Spaceflight Now reports that a Lithuanian satellite, LituanicaSAT 2 was also on the payload. 

Venta-1 was developed by Ventspils University together with Ventspils High Technology Park and the Bremen University of Applied Sciences.

 

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