India launches Israeli-built spy satellite

India launched an Israeli-built spy satellite on Monday in order to improve surveillance following the Mumbai massacre. The purchase of the satellite was accelerated after the November 2008 terror attacks, which killed 165 people. The 300-kilogram RISAT 2 was launched by the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle rocket from the Sriharikota launch site, 90 kilometers north of the southern city of Chennai, AFP reported. "It has been successfully placed in the orbit 20 minutes after lift off this morning," G. Padmanabhan, a scientist from India's Space Research Organisation told the news agency.