India's national space agency ISRO today launched five satellites from four countries from the spaceport of Sriharikota in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who witnessed the event.
Addressing the scientists at Sriharikota Space Centre, PM Narendra Modi congratulated the scientists for the successful launch. He said, "I feel specially privileged to witness this event in person", reports India’s Zee News.
This is a "global endorsement of India's space capability", said PM after the successful launch of an Indian rocket that carried five foreign satellites.
Filled with pride over PSLV-C23's successful launch, Modi said, "The event fills every Indian's heart with joy and pride".
Praising ISRO, Modi said, "Today, I ask our Space community, to take up the challenge, of developing a SAARC Satellite".
"India has the potential, to be the launch service provider of the world. We must work towards this goal," he added.
Extremely glad to have witnessed the successful launch of PSLV-C23. I congratulate our scientists who have worked tirelessly for the launch.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 30, 2014
Encouraging the young scientists Modi said, "Continued progress in space must remain a national mission. We must keep enhancing our space capabilities".
Further, emphasising on the need for technology, he said, "Technology is central to Development. It touches one and all, and is an important instrument of our national progress".
The launch of rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C23) lifted off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 9:52am today.