Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday made a pitch for India to become the low-cost space technology supplier to the world just minutes after watching the launch of the rocket that carries five satellites from Singapore, France, Canada and Germany.
India’s goal of capturing a large part of the global satellite launch industry was bolstered on Monday with the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. The industry is estimated to notch up about $55 billion over the coming decade.
As India crossed yet another milestone in space research, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had been in Sriharikota of Andhra Pradesh to witness the iconic and historic launch of the Indian Space Research Organisation’s PSLV C-23 Rocket on Monday.¬†This is India’s fourth dedicated commercial launch, but the PSLV or Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle’s 27th. The PSLV costs about¬†Rs.¬†100 crore.
PM Modi posted on his Facebook page, expressing immense pleasure over the launch of PSLV C-23.¬†
“Extremely glad to have witnessed the successful launch of PSLV-C23. I congratulate our scientists who have worked tirelessly for the launch. Our space programme has overcome many hurdles. At the same time it is one of the most cost effective programmes. This should make us proud.¬†We have achieved a lot & we have to go a long way. Continued progress in space must remain our national mission,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The launch of India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) is a matter of great pride for India. The PSLV weighs 230 tonnes and lifted off at 9.52am on Monday.
The launch was scheduled three minutes after the original time i.e. 9.49am owing to the inherent probability of space debris movement. After the launch, PM Modi addressed a large group of space scientists and said,¬†“The success of the mission fills every Indian’s heart with pride and I can see the joy and satisfaction on your faces. Today’s satellites are from developed nations. This is a global endorsement of our space programme.”
As soon as Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in Sriharikota on Sunday, he had been taken to the first launch pad¬†where senior scientists have briefed him over the launch mission.
Earlier, the Chairman of ISRO, K. Radhakrishnan had also given a brief presentation to the Prime Minister on the space programme India is set to undertake.
The proud Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to express his happiness on Sunday.¬†”Our government is committed to give further impetus to our Space Programme.”
According to the scientists of ISRO, the countdown had been progressing smoothly, on Sunday.
The Indian Space Agency, ISRO has launched 35 satellites till date, from across 19 countries like Algeria, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Singapore, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
On his way to Sriharikota on Sunday, PM Narendra Modi has also stopped by at Chennai to meet the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.News Source: The Republic News Network