PM to witness launch of PSLV C-23 tomorrow
Prime Minister to Witness Launch of PSLV C-23 Tomorrow, In his first visit to Tamil Nadu after becoming Prime Minister, Narendra Modi will make a brief stopover here on Sunday enroute to Sriharikota to witness the launch of ISRO\'s PSLV C-23 rocket on June 30.
Chennai (Agencies): In his first visit to Tamil Nadu after becoming Prime Minister, Narendra Modi will make a brief stopover here on Sunday enroute to Sriharikota to witness the launch of ISRO's PSLV C-23 rocket on June 30. Modi has no official engagements in the city even as state BJP sources said they have not planned any function for the leader at the airport so far. Security has been beefed up at the airport in view of Modi's visit, police said.
The Prime Minister's special aircraft from New Delhi is expected to land here at around 3.55 pm after which he is scheduled to reach Sriharikota by a helicopter following a brief stopover here.
Four helicopters have been stationed here for use by the Prime Minister and his entourage, police said. The indigenous PSLV-C23 rocket, carrying satellites of France, Germany, Canada and Singapore, will be launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre ( SHAR) in Sriharikota. The 49-hour countdown began for the launch Monday of an Indian rocket carrying five foreign satellites, the space agency ISRO said Saturday. According to ISRO, the countdown for the launch of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) Monday 9.52 a.m. began at 8.52 a.m. on Saturday. The rocket will take off from ISRO's rocket port at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, around 80 km from here.
The five satellites are from four countries. The rocket's main luggage will be the 714-kg French earth observation satellite SPOT-7. The other satellites are: 14-kg AISAT of Germany; NLS7.1 (CAN-X4) and NLS7.2 (CAN-X5) from Canada each weighing 15 kg; and the 7-kg VELOX-1 of Singapore.
The satellites are being launched under commercial arrangements that Antrix Corporation has entered into with the respective foreign agencies.