Addressing media here on Friday, Narayansamy said that the Department of Space and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will also launch a multi-wavelength Astronomy observatory satellite ASTROSAT-1 for observation of celestial objects covering optical, UV and X-ray bands.
He described space technology as a powerful catalyst for social development in the areas of natural resources management, food security, rural development, education and literacy, health-care and environment.
He said the GSLV-D5 flight has achieved self-reliance for India's cryogenic launch vehicle technology.
He said the launching of the Mars Orbiter spacecraft has made India one of four nations in the world to send a space mission to Mars.
Narayanasamy said PSLV with 24 successful flights, has provided the country crucial autonomy in access to space.
--ANI (Posted on 10-01-2014)