President to witness PSLV vehicle launch

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 25, 2013 07:17 hrs

The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) Monday will place the second Indo-French satellite 'SARAL' in orbit along with six other small satellites from Canada, Austria, Denmark and the UK in the presence of President Pranab Mukherjee here, media reports said.

The PSLV-C20 is scheduled for blast-off at 5.56 pm local time from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, at India´s space port Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, said reports.

The PSLV rocket, which is 44-metre of length, is all set for its 23rd consecutive launch, and will sequentially ferry the satellites in space in a few while after the launch.

The data products that will be generated by the SARAL will aid in research in several fields like marine meteorology and sea state forecasting; operational oceanography; seasonal forecasting; climate monitoring; ocean, earth system and climate research, the officials were reported as saying.

Later this year, another rocket built alike the PSLV will ferry India´s maiden mission to Mars.

This is the second time that the President of India will be present at the spot to witness a tremendous growth in the Indian space arena. Dr APJ Abdul Kalam last witnessed a PSLV launch on May 5, 2005.

Security around the Satish Dhawan Space Centre has tightened as the President is expected to make his presence during the launch, official reports said.

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