PSLV-C23 Successfully Launches French Earth Observation Satellite- SPOT 7 and four other co-passenger satellites from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota on June 30, 2014 in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Prime Minister congratulated the Indian scientists on their great achievement and also congratulated India people. In his congratulatory address at the Mission Control Center after the landmark launch, the Prime Minister called upon the space community to proactively engage with all stakeholders to maximize the use of space science in governance and development. He also mentioned that, India must fully harness this expertise in space technology in the developmental process for social change, economic development and resource conservation. He called upon the space community to take up the challenge of developing a SAARC satellite that can be dedicated to our neighborhood as a gift from India.
The Prime Minister called for involving India’s youth with space. Shri Modi said he was pleased to have met the young scientists as Sriharikota, and admired their work and their achievements. He commended Dr. K. Radhakrishnan for his leadership, and said India’s space programme is the best example of his vision of scale, speed and skill. He wished the team of scientists the best as they prepare to insert our spacecraft into the orbit of Mars in a few months.
Andhra Pradesh Governor Shri Narasimhan, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Shri Chandrababu Naidu, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Shri Venkaiah Naidu, PMO Dr. Jitendra Singh, Secretary Space Dr. Radhakrishnan, and eminent scientists Prof U R Rao, Dr. Kasturirangan were present on the occasion.