India launches PSLV C-23, carrying five foreign satellites

India launches PSLV C-23, carrying five foreign satellites

India launches PSLV C-23, carrying five foreign satellites



Indian rocket carrying a French earth observation satellite and four other foreign satellites of Germany(1), Canada(2) and Singapore(1) blasted off from the rocket port in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

On 30th June, 2014 Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C23 (PSLV-C23) - standing around 44.4 metres talland weighing



around 230 ton tore into the bright morning skies with orange flames fiercely burning at its tail. The five satellites are launched under commercial arrangements that Antrix Corporation has entered into with the respective foreign agencies.

Prime Minister NarendraModi, Andhra Pradesh Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, space scientists and other invitees at Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) rocket mission control room intently watched the rocket's upward flight with one way ticket.

Proposing satellite diplomacy with a view to playing a key role in the development of the region, Prime Minister NarendraModi asked Indian space agency ISRO to develop a SAARC satellite which can be dedicated as a 'gift' to the neighbours. He asked the scientists to work on a satellite that would provide full range of applications and services to all of India's neighbours.

He also exhorted the scientific community to enlarge India's footprints of satellite navigation system to cover all of South Asia.

Space programme was one area where India had "pushed beyond mediocrity" to achieve excellence despite "international hurdles" even as the country had come a long way from its humble beginnings of its first satellite Aryabhatta to engaging in commercial launches of satellites of even developed countries, he said.

The Prime Minister asked the space scientists to work towards replicating such models in the area of land records and related issues, besides governance, and said if implemented, it could help the public at large.

Modi lauded the space community, saluting among others its founding fathers Vikram Sarabhai and SatishDhawan, besides ISRO for the 'perfect' placement of the five foreign satellites in intended orbit today.

He said India's advanced space programme "puts her in an elite global group of 5-6 countries" and exhorted ISRO to go in for heavier satellites.