New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday congratulated ISRO for the successful launch of PSLV-C44 which put Kalamsat, a student satellite and Microsat-R, a military satellite into orbit. The launch was the 46th flight of the PSLV which lifted off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 11.37 pm yesterday.
“Heartiest congratulations to our space scientists for yet another successful launch of PSLV. This launch has put in orbit Kalamsat, built by India’s talented students. With this launch, India also becomes the first country to use the fourth stage of a space rocket as an orbital platform for microgravity experiments,” PM Modi said.
After the successful launch of the mission, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chief K Sivan said ISRO this is not an ordinary mission. “The ISRO is open to all students of India. Bring to us your satellites and we will launch it for you. Let’s make India into a science-fairing nation,” Sivan said.
“PSLV-C44 mission successfully injected into Microsat – R. The mission is not ordinary; C44 is the first mission of PSLV-DL and is a new variant of PSLV. It’s the lowest altitude the PSLV flown still now. Kalamsat which was built by space kids, they are here and congratulated them,” he added.