Carrying the payloads of five countries, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle – PSLV C-23 has shot off to the sky successfully for the 27th time, fourth commercial launch with this version of launching vehicle. The 230 tonne vehicle is carrying pay loads – satellites of France, Canada, Germany, and Singapore, apart from India’s own pay load.
With this launch, India has put in orbit 35 satellites from 19 countries like Algeria, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Singapore, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Turkey and United Kingdom. The main pay load of this launch is the 714 kg weighing French Earth Observation Satellite SPOT-7, others are the 14 kg AISAT of Germany, NLS7.1 (CAN-X4) & NLS7.2 (CAN-X5) of Canada each weighing 15 kg and the 7 kg VELOX-1 of Singapore.
PSLV is a four-stage vehicle – with alternate Solid, Liquid, Solid & Liquid propellants in the four stages. So far ISRO has accomplished 114 space missions with 71 Indian satellites and 43 launch vehicles.
“Our Government is committed to give further impetus to our Space Programme,” wrote Prime Minster Narendra Modi before heading off to witness the grand event on his official twitter handle. Scientific developments like these empowers the kid in the farthest village of the country, it helps in providing facilities in health, education , employment and other important areas. This is a way forward in creating “Digital India – society of 125 crore connected Indians,” said the PM speaking after the successful deployment of the PSLV C-23 was announced. He congratulated ISRO Chairman Sri K Radhakrishnan and other scientists associated with the project.
Andhra CM Chandra Babu Naidu, Union Ministers Venkayya Naidu, Jitendra Singh and others participated in the significant event. India’s Mangalyan, the mission to mars is on its course and is expected to reach the Red Giant on the 24th of September. India is also planning to test it’s first Geo-Synchronous Satellite Launching Vehicle – GSLV – MK III later this year. India has firm eyes on emerging a major player in this 4 billion USD satellite launching market.