Chennai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today hailed ISRO scientists for the successful PSLV C-40 mission, saying the moment signifies the agency’s achievements as well the country’s “bright future” in space programme.
“The launch by @isro signifies both its glorious achievements, and also the bright future of India’s space programme,” he said a tweet.
Extending his “heartiest congratulations” to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and its scientists on today’s achievement, Modi said the success in the New Year will bring benefits of the country’s rapid strides in space technology to citizens, farmers and fishermen.
India successfully launched weather observation satellite Cartosat 2 Series and 29 other spacecraft onboard its dependable Polar rocket from Sriharikota on Friday.
A jubilant ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar announced that the Cartosat 2 Series satellite, the seventh in the series, a nano satellite and 28 commercial payloads were successfully injected into the orbit one by one by the PSLV C-40, in the space of about 17.33 minutes since lift-off.
Further, benefits of India’s success “are available to our partners,” he added.
“Out of the 31 Satellites, 28 belonging to 6 other countries are carried by today’s launch,” he said in another tweet.