The crowds cheered as five satellites launched by the ISRO-built Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) jetted up into the sky on Monday.
The launch took place at 9.22 am. Three foreign satellites — Algerian, Canadian and Swiss — were launched as part of a commercial operation.
The job of the Indian satellites — the Cartosat 2B and Studsat — will be to collect from different parts of the country pictures and data that will be useful in resource assessment.
With these, so far, the number of launches by the PSLV since 1994 has reached 22.
Meanwhile, Chinese Academy of Engineering scientist Long Lehao said on Monday: “It is difficult to meet the demands of future development under the existing technology and there is still a wide gap between China and countries with advanced technologies.”
Studsat weighs one kg, built by 35 students of seven engineering colleges of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Built at Rs 175 crore and weighing 694 kg, Cartosat 2B will generate pictures and data relevant for agriculture and rural development.
ISRO Chairman K. Radhakrishnan, flanked by leading scientists of the organisation and its space centres, announced the launch at a press conference and declared that “every satellite was placed in the precise orbit it was meant to”.
“The beacon signals from the Algerian satellite as also the Studsat were received loud and clear from the respective ground stations in Algeria and the Neti Meenakshi Institute of Technology, Bangalore."
He said the foreign satellites were sent up at internationally competitive rates. However, he did not disclose the rates.
With inputs from PTI