India to Be World's Largest Low-cost Space Technology Supplier: PM Modi
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India to Be World's Largest Low-cost Space Technology Supplier: PM Modi

By SiliconIndia   |   Monday, 30 June 2014, 12:13 Hrs   |    5 Comments
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BANGALORE: Witnessing the historic launch on Indian Space Research Organization’s PSLV C-23 rocket carrying five satellites from France, Singapore, Germany and Canada, Prime Minister Narendra Modi described this achievement as an ‘endorsement’ of the country’s space capability and also highlights India to be the world's low-cost space technology supplier, reports Reuters.

In his first official visit to this spaceport, Modi, stressing that space technology is for the common man and not just for the elite, asked the space community to develop a SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) satellite. He also lauds Indian space scientists, recalling their contributions from the early days.

Following the successful launch of five foreign satellites by an Indian rocket, a visibly elated Modi said: "Today, I ask our space community to take up the challenge of developing a SAARC satellite - which we can dedicate to our neighborhood, as a gift from India.”

"A satellite, that provides a full range of applications and services, to all our neighbours. I also ask you to enlarge the footprint of our satellite-based navigation system, to cover all of South Asia," added Modi.

After a perfect lift off from the First Launch Pad in Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 9.52 AM, ISRO'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.

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Reader's comments(5)
1: I feel we must look beyond SAARC and focus on BRIC and South Americas as a focused group to provide such a bouquet of space satellite based consumer services to those nations. It makes good business and political sense
Posted by:G S Gundu Rao - 02 Jul, 2014
2: Good article.
Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India
Posted by:Anumakonda - 01 Jul, 2014
3: India should start developing re-usable rocket technology like SpaceX in the USA, because the biggest way to reduce launch cost is to re-use the same rocket over and over again.
Posted by:Sanjay - 01 Jul, 2014
4: ALL our Satellites should be indigenous TECHNOLOGY and without any help from Foreigners and revenue -generating Then we can become SUPER-POWER and show to the world our Technology
Posted by:Vijaya S - 01 Jul, 2014
That's already largely the case, Vijaya. India manufactures and engineers its launch vehicles and satellites indigenously. Of course, India would import some electronic and mechanical parts, because there are tens of thousands of parts in a rocket like the PSLV. In the coming years, you will see more powerful launchers like the GSLV mark 3.
Varun Shekhar Replied to: Vijaya S - 01 Jul, 2014