President praises ISRO for PSLV-C20
Sriharikota, Feb 25 : India President Pranab Mukherjee while witnessing the launch of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) - C20 SARAL Mission Monday, praised the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) efforts to be in the forefront for promotion of innovation and technological advancement, here.
Touching a crucial landmark for India's space programme, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) on Monday placed the second Indo-French satellite 'SARAL' in orbit along with six other small satellites from Canada, Austria, Denmark and the UK.
The PSLV-C20 was blasted off at 6:01 pm local time from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at India's space port Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
Addressing the scientists and engineers present here, the President said ISRO enjoys the tremendous trust amongst our countrymen.
The PSLV rocket, which is 44-meter of length, will sequentially ferry the satellites in space in a few while after the launch.
The data products that will be generated by the SARAL will aid in research in several fields like marine meteorology and sea state forecasting; operational oceanography; seasonal forecasting; climate monitoring; ocean, earth system and climate research, the officials were reported as saying.
The President added, "This faith and confidence puts the onus back on the organization to raise the bar of its performance, scale greater heights and explore newer frontiers. For India to occupy its rightful place in the comity of nations, we must promote innovation and technological advancement."
He asserted, "ISRO should be in the forefront of such a movement."
The President said that socially relevant uses of technology that meet country's development goals are imperative to address the demands of the population.
"Our endeavour must be to lower the cost of access to space through greater innovation and drive towards technology refinement," Mukherjee said.
Later this year, another rocket built alike the PSLV will ferry India's maiden mission to Mars.
This is the second time that the President of India witness a tremendous growth in the Indian space arena.
Earlier, former Indian President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam witnessed a PSLV launch on May 5, 2005.