NEW DELHI: The Union Government today approved the continuation of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle and Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark-III programmes, together costing more than Rs 10,000 crore, in a move that will help ISRO launch light and heavy-weight satellites.
The operationalisation of PSLV, ISRO’s most-trusted workhorse, has made India self-reliant in launching satellites for earth observation, disaster management, navigation and space sciences.
For heavy satellites, India is helped by the French, which launches its satellites from Kourou in French Guinea in South America.
The cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also gave its nod for funding 30 PSLV operational flights under the programme.
The PSLV programme is expected to meet the launch requirements of satellites for earth observation, navigation and space sciences and will also ensure the continuity of production by the Indian industry. (AGENCIES)