India today successfully launched five foreign satellites from four countries on board PSLV-C23 rocket which placed them in orbit, an achievement described by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an 'endorsement' of the country's space capabilities. Besides Modi, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Andhra Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan and Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu also witnessed the launch from the Sriharikota spaceport in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh.
"It is a very happy occasion. I congratulate every ISRO scientist who contributed to this success and enhanced India's glory," Chandrababu said in a statement here. The Chief Minister, who witnessed the launch along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at SHAR, remarked that the intellect and efforts of scientists were placing India on a high pedestal in the world in the fields of science and technology.
He wished the ISRO would achieve more such laurels in future under the leadership of its chairman K Radhakrishnan. He thanked the Prime Minister for his presence and encouraging words at the launch of PSLV-C23 that placed five satellites of France, Germany, Canada and Singapore in space.