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PM hails RISAT-1 launch as 'important milestone' for India

New Delhi: Hailing the successful launch of PSLV carrying its Radar Imaging Satellite (RISAT-1), Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said it was an important milestone in India's space programme and congratulated the ISRO scientists for displaying mastery of the complex launch vehicle technology.

The Prime Minister called the Secretary of the Department of Space and Chairman Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) K Radhakrishnan to congratulate him and the scientists for the successful launch.

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"I would like to warmly congratulate all scientists of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the successful launch today of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)-C19 carrying the Radar Imaging Satellite -1(RISAT -1), the heaviest satellite launched till date using PSLV, " the Premier said.

"The twentieth consecutive successful launch of the PSLV is an important milestone in our space programme and is testimony to ISRO's mastery of the complex launch vehicle technology," he added.

The Prime Minister also expressed confidence that RISAT-1's all weather, day-night imaging ability would significantly contribute to the nation's remote sensing capabilities.

"The country is proud of ISRO's achievements and I wish the organisation all success in its future endeavours," PM said.

India's first indigenous all-weather Radar Imaging Satellite (RISAT-1), whose images will facilitate agriculture and disaster management, was launched successfully on board the PSLV-C19 from Sriharikota in the early hours of Thursday.

PTI

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