CHENNAI: In his first trip to the south after he assumed office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here today on a special aircraft enroute to Sriharikota to witness the launch of ISRO’s PSLV C-23 rocket.
The Prime Minister’s special aircraft landed after a delay of 40 minutes following bad weather, after which Modi was welcomed by Tamil Nadu and Karnataka Governor K Rosaiah and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in the VIP lounge, airport sources said.
n his first trip to the south after he assumed office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here today on a special aircraft enroute to Sriharikota to witness the launch of ISRO’s PSLV C-23 rocket.
Later, Modi left for the spaceport of Sriharikota, about 100 kilometres from here, where he is set to witness the launch of ISRO’s PSLV C23 carrying five foreign satellites tomorrow.
PSLV C23 is scheduled to lift off at 9.52 am tomorrow with 714 kg weighing French Earth Observation Satellite SPOT-7, 14 kg AISAT of Germany, NLS7.1 (CAN-X4) & NLS7.2 (CAN-X5) of Canada each weighing 15 kg and the 7 kg VELOX-1 of Singapore.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will witness the launch of ISRO’s PSLV-C23 at Sriharikota. The PM will reach Sriharikota on 29th June 2014. On the same day, he will witness the PSLV-C23 launch vehicle and would be briefed about the same by scientists. On the same day he will witness GSLV Mk III Vehicle Assembly Building and would be briefed about the same by scientists.
On the 30th at 9:52 AM IST Shri Modi will witness the lift-off and will interact with Mission Executives and senior functionaries. The Prime Minister will share his thoughts on the occasion.
This would be the 27th flight of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. PSLV-C23 will carry five satellites from foreign countries, one each from France, Singapore and Germany and two from Canada.
More about PSLV-C23:
Vehicle Lift-off Mass
Four-stage vehicle- with alternate Solid, Liquid, Solid & Liquid propellants in the four stages.
India’s Space Programme has a rich history of innovation. So far ISRO has accomplished 114 space missions with 71 Indian satellites and 43 launch vehicles. ISRO also works very closely with other nations and world organisations to enhance space programme that benefits the larger society.