Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday congratulated scientists of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the successful launch of the Oceansat-2 satellite, saying it would “herald a new beginning in our understanding of the oceans”.

“I am delighted to learn that the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C14 (PSLV-C14) launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, SHAR, Sriharikota, has successfully launched India’s Oceansat-2 satellite and six nano satellites from European Universities and agencies,” he said in a message.

“PSLV has once again demonstrated its versatility and reliability through this fifteenth successful launch in a row. The Oceansat-2 satellite will herald a new beginning in our understanding of the oceans,” the prime minister added.

Designed to last five years, the cuboid shaped Oceansat-2 will study the oceans’ interactions with the atmosphere. Oceansat-2 will be used for identifying potential fishing zones, sea-state forecasting, coastal zone studies, weather forecasting and climate studies.

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