Rs 1,518 cr 15 PSLV flights get Cabinet nod

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New Delhi, Mar 20 (UNI) As many as 15 Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) operational flights (C14 to C28) will be launched during 2009-12 at a cost of Rs 1,518 crore, the Government announced today.

The funding of these flights, which include a foreign exchange component of Rs 116 crore, was approved by the Union Cabinet, Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi told reporters.

The satellite missions for PSLV C9-C13 have already been committed and are expected to be launched by 2008-09 end.

The launch of C 14 to C28 flights will meet the national needs of launching remote sensing, navigation and space science satellites planned for the 11th Plan period and beyond.

It will also enhance reliability and capability for PSLV, and sustain production at Indian Industry, Mr Dasmunsi said.

PSLV has so far completed three developmental and nine operational flights and the last eleven flights have been consecutively successful.

In the latest mission, PSLV-C10 successfully launched a commercial satellite for an international customer on January 21 this year.

It was the second commercial launch after PSLV-C8 which took place during April 2007.

With this, PSLV has emerged as a versatile launch vehicle to carry out Polar Sun-Synchronous Orbit (SSO), Geo-synchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) and low inclination Low Earth Orbit (LEO) missions.

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