Hyderabad: The Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy today congratulated the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman Prof. K Radhakrishnan and his team for the successful launching of the PSLV C-16 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota at 10.12 am today. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) is carrying remote sensing satellite Resourcesat-2 and two mini spacecraft. The launch vehicle will place in polar sun synchronous orbit the 1206-kg Resourcesat-2, 92-kg Youthsat and 106-kg X-sat satellites 822 km above Earth.
The Chief Minister said it was a proud moment for the country and yet another successful step in India’s space exploration. He said the mission’s primary satellite, ISRO built Resourcesat-2, is an advanced remote sensing spacecraft to facilitate study and management of natural resources. It will replace Resourcesat-1 launched in 2003 and provide data with enhanced multi-spectral and spatial coverage on natural resources which will be of immense help to the country’s and the State’s development and planning in various sectors. Resourcesat-2 with a five year space life will also carry an additional payload from COMDEV, Canada that will provide information on ship surveillance by making 14 orbits per day.
Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy hoped that the satellites will complete its mission successfully and wished the ISRO all success in its future launches and initiatives.(NSS)