Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a pitch for India to be the world's low-cost space technology supplier, minutes after witnessing the launch of a PSLV-C23 rocket carrying five satellites from France, Singapore, Germany and Canada on Monday.
The launch of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle bolsters India's goal of capturing more of the $304 billion annual global space market, and Modi seized the moment with an uplifting speech about India's prowess in cheap space technology.
"This fills every Indian's heart with pride and I can see it reflected in the joy and satisfaction on your faces," said Modi, from the launch site at Sriharikota off the coast of Andhra Pradesh.
"Truly this is a global endorsement of India's space capability," he said, adding that India's current Mars mission cost less than the budget of the Hollywood science fiction film "Gravity".
India today successfully launched five foreign satellites from four countries on board PSLV-C23 rocket which placed them in orbit.
After a perfect lift off from the First Launch Pad in Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 9.52 am, Indian Space Research Organisation's workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C23 placed all five satellites into their intended orbits, one after the other between 17 and 19 minutes after liftoff, in textbook precision.
Modi asks ISRO to develop a SAARC satellite
(PTI) Proposing satellite diplomacy with a view to playing a key role in the development of the region, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked Indian space agency ISRO to develop a SAARC satellite which can be dedicated as a 'gift' to the neighbours.
"Today I ask you, the space community, to take up the challenge of developing a SAARC satellite that we can dedicate to our neighbourhood as a gift from India," he said in his address after witnessing the successful launch of five foreign satellites from here on board ISRO's PSLV C-23 rocket.
He asked the scientists to work on a satellite that would provide full range of applications and services to all of India's neighbours.
"Such a satellite will be helpful in SAARC nations' fight against poverty and illiteracy, the challenge to progress in scientific field, and will open up avenues to provide opportunities to the youth of SAARC countries," he said from ISRO's Mission Control Room.
The 'dream' for such a satellite will be useful for the development of all SAARC nations with India playing a key role in that, Modi reasoned in a speech laced with