President Pranab Mukherjee today congratulated space agency ISRO for the successful launch of rocket PSLV-C23, saying it is a significant milestone in the progress of the country's space capabilities. India launched five foreign satellites from four countries on board PSLV-C23 rocket which placed them in orbit.
In his message to Dr K Radhakrishnan, Chairman of ISRO, the President said, "I congratulate you and your team at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for the successful launch of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C23, carrying five satellites from four countries. "The nation is proud of this important achievement which is a significant milestone in the progress of our space capabilities".
He conveyed his greetings to the members of the team of scientists, engineers, technologists and all others associated with the mission.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today, witnessed the launch lift off of the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO's) PSLV C23 on Monday morning. Modi congratulated the scientists for the launch of PSLV C23 rocket carrying five foreign satellites
The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) is carring a French Earth observation satellite along with four other satellites from Singapore, Canada and Germany from the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh. The countdown for the launch began on Saturday and the lift off was conducted shortly before 10 am.
In an address to the scientists that led the launch, Modi said, "This fills every Indian's heart with pride and I feel privileged to watch this in person."
Congratulating the team he added, "I got to meet four generations of scientists and this is a big sign of progress. This is a domain where we are the international cutting edge. We have achieved excellent and cut beyond mediocrity. Even today's satellites are from developed nations. Truly, this is a global endorsement of our space capability. We are proud that our programme is indigenous. Generations of scientists have worked to make India a self-reliant space power." Read more.