MPs congratulate ISRo team

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New Delhi, Apr 28 (UNI) Parliament today congratulated ISRO Chairman G Madhavan Nair and his team on the successful launch of ten satellites by India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C9) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota.

Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Prithviraj Chavan informed both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha during zero hour that the the PSLV-C9 successfully launched CARTOSAT-2A, one Indian Mini Satellite and eight nano satellites for international customers into the desired orbit.

The announcement was received with standing ovation by the members from both the Treasury and Opposition benches in both the houses.

''This successful launch of PSLV-C9 has reiterated the ISRO's reliability and versatility to launch satellites in various types of orbits and also to carry out multiple satellite missions,'' Mr Chavan said, while pointing out that this was the 12th consecutively successful flight of PSLV conducted from Sriharikota.

''All the systems have performed satisfactorily. The PSLV-C9 launched in its core alone configuration launched ten satellites with a total weight of about 820 kgs.'' Mr Chavan said the data from this mission would be made available to interested space agencies and the student community from developing countries to provide necessary impetus to capacity building in using satellite data.

He said the eight nano-satellites launched on board PSLV-C9 were built by Universities and Research Institutions in Canada and Cosmos International, Germany.

In the Rajya Sabha, Leader of the Opposition Jaswant Singh congratulated the ISRO Chairman and his team and asked the minister to put before the house the details of the various functions of the satellites.

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