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ISRO to launch five satellites in December

Indian Space Research Organisation is all set to launch five satellites developed by Singapore on December 16 this year and four more Indian Regional Navigation Satellite Systems into space orbits in the first quarter of the next academic year, said ISRO Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar.

The distinguished scientist was at the 100th Foundation Day celebrations of KLE Society here on Saturday. Sri Siddeshwar Swami of Jnanayoga Ashram, Vijayapura, graced the occasion.

Mr. Kumar said of the seven IRNSS planned and developed by ISRO, four had already started working. One each would be launched during January, February and March next year. The PSLV, which is hailed as world’s most reliable launch vehicle, had so far launched 75 Indian satellites and 51 developed in other countries. The Chandrayaan-1 became world’s first mission to trace water molecules on the moon.

Paying rich tributes to Vikram Sarabhai, the founding father of Indian space programme which took concrete shape in 1963 leading to the launching of the Founding Rocket and an indigenously developed satellite sent to Mars during same year, he said the ISRO’s maiden international experiment of bringing US-developed satellite to the space of Indian subcontinent and facilitating Direct-To-Community services in the field of education, meteorological and various other community-based services to 205 villages in 1975 was greatly acclaimed all over the world.

He said space programmes and development of satellites had brought revolutionary changes and improved quality of living. Satellite images available every half an hour had helped in management of natural disasters like cyclones and super cyclones having devastating impact and claiming thousands of lives of human beings and other animals. Besides, satellites helped in identifying areas for fishermen along the 7,000-km coastal length of peninsular India, thereby saving fuel and time.

Success rate

So far, satellite-based investigations had helped in exact points for digging over 3.50 lakh borewells in the country, registering a success rate of 95 per cent to 96 per cent, which was in sharp contrast to other conventional and non-conventional practices with less than 50 per cent success rate. The space programmes played significant role in nation’s agriculture and food production programmes.

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