India strengthens space presence with PSLV C23 launch

India strengthens space presence with PSLV C23 launch

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ISRO launches PSLV C23 at Shriharikota space station.

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) – in Sriharikota – launched five satellites from four countries on June 30, 2014. The launch witnessed the presence of  Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who congratulated the scientists for the successful launch.

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Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota saw the launch of ISRO’s PSLV C23, bearing a French Earth observation satellite along with four others from Singapore, Canada and Germany.

The French SPOT-7 is an Earth observing satellite which bears close functional resemblance to the Indian Remote Sensing System (IRSS). 

Modi at the launch said, “I feel specially privileged to witness this event in person, this is a global endorsement of India’s space capability.” The Prime Minister added that he is filled with pride over the PSLV-C23’s successful launch.

In his address at the launch event, Modi also urged Indian scientists to develop a satellite for the SAARC nations – South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Nations – and stressed that space technology is not just meant for the elite, but also for the common man. The Prime Minister further pressed for the need of ISRO to expand their navigation systems to all of South Asia.

The PM added that the Indian navigation system would be in place by 2015 and also said that India must develop more advanced sites and strengthen capabilities to launch heavier satellites.

Piyush Goyal, the Union Minister of State with the Independent Charge of Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy expressed his gratitude to the team of scientists at ISRO.

Photo Credits: Narendra modi