The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh has congratulated the scientists and engineers of ISRO for the successful launch of three satellites by the PSLV - C16. The Prime Minister in his congratulatory message said that the flawless launch has yet again demonstrated ISRO's advanced capabilities in satellite development and launch vehicle technologies.
PM Congratulates Scientists on Successful Launch of PSLV C-16
The text of the Prime Minister's message to the scientists is as follows:
"I am very happy to learn that the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)-C16 has today successfully launched India's RESOURCESAT-2 satellite, the joint Indo-Russian YOUTHSAT satellite, and Singapore's first satellite X-SAT.
The flawless launch of these three satellites has demonstrated yet again the advanced capabilities that the Indian Space Research Organisation has mastered in satellite development and launch vehicle technologies.
I commend ISRO for this achievement and its continuing service to the nation. I warmly congratulate the ISRO family and wish them all success in their future endeavors.
About PSLV Programme:
PSLV-C16, is the eighteenth flight of ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV. In this flight, the standard version of PSLV with six solid strap-on motors is used.
PSLV-C16 will place three satellites with a total payload mass of 1404 kg - RESOURCESAT-2 weighing 1206 kg, the Indo-Russian YOUTHSAT weighing 92 kg and Singapore's X-SAT weighing 106 kg – into an 822 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO). PSLV-C16 will be launched from the First Launch Pad (FLP) at Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota.
The major changes made in PSLV since its first launch include changes in strap-on motors ignition sequence, increase in the propellant loading of the first stage and strap-on solid propellant motors as well as the second and fourth stage liquid propellant motors, improvement in the performance of the third stage motor by optimising motor case and enhanced propellant loading and employing a carbon composite payload adapter.
PSLV has also become a more versatile vehicle for launching multiple satellites in polar SSOs as well as Low Earth Orbits (LEO) and Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO). With sixteen successful launches, PSLV has emerged as the workhorse launch vehicle of ISRO and is offered for launching satellites for international customers also. During 1994-2010 period, PSLV has launched a total of 44 satellites, of which 25 satellites are from abroad and 19 are Indian satellites.-ISRO.