ISRO has successfully launched the PSLV-C23 from the spaceport of Sriharikota in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PM congratulated the scientists as it launched five satellites from four countries, and said this is a “global endorsement of India’s space capability. This event fills every Indian’s heart with joy and pride“.
Praising ISRO, Modi also said, “Today, I ask our Space community, to take up the challenge, of developing a SAARC Satellite”. As, “India has the potential, to be the launch service provider of the world. We must work towards this goal,” he added.
ISRO chairman Madhvan Nair said, “PSLVC-23 launch has proven to be one of world’s most reliable space launch vehicle”.
See also: Indian Space Programme
- The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C23) rocket, was launched and lifted off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 9.52 am today.
- The five satellites are from four countries – France, Germany, Canada and Singapore.
- Main payload of 714 kg weighing French Earth Observation Satellite SPOT-7
- 14 kg AISAT of Germany
- NLS7.1 (CAN-X4) & NLS7.2 (CAN-X5) of Canada each weighing 15 kg. NLS 7.1 and NLS 7.2 are from the University of Toronto, Institute of Aerospace Studies/ Space Flight Laboratory.
- These payloads would fly precisely using differential GPS with centimeter-level accurate position control system.
- 7 kg VELOX-1 of Singapore, this is from the Nanyang Technological University.
- This is a technology demonstrator for design image sensor, MEMS-based attitude determination and control system and inter-satellite RF link.
- Antrix Corporation has entered into commercial agreements with respective foreign agencies for the launch of these satellites.
Another French satellite launched earlier:
- India had launched another French satellite SPOT-6 weighing 712-kg in 2012.