India’s advanced space program has come of age! Indian space scientists, engineers and technologists set a new world record today with the launch of India’s 230 metric tonne Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle(PSLV-C9) that successfully placed ten satellites in orbit. It is the first time that ten satellites were launched in a single mission. The earlier record was held by Russia which launched eight satellites together in a single mission.
The ten satellites that were launched by the PSLV-C9 are (not necessarily in the order they were put into orbit):
1. The 690 kg remote sensing satellite CARTOSAT-2A (India)
2. The 83 kg Indian Mini Satellite IMS-1 (India)
3. CUTE 1.7 (Japan)
4. SEEDS (Japan)
5. CAN-X2 (Canada)
6. AAUSAT-II (Denmark)
7. COMPASS-1 (Germany)
8. Delphi-C3 (the Netherlands)
9. NLS-5 (Canada)
10. Rubin-8 (Germany)
Apart from the two Indian satellites, all the rest are nano satellites. CUTE 1.7, SEEDS, CAN-X2, AAUSAT-II, COMPASS-1 and Delphi-C3 were clustered together by the University of Toronto, Canada and were collectively named NLS-4. The NLS-5 was also developed by the University of Toronto.
Terming the launch “satisfactory”, ISRO(Indian Space Research Organisation) Chairman G. Madhavan Nair said “all parameters worked wonderfully well.”
Congratulations, folks! Well done!
Having visited some of India’s space, nuclear and defence research facilities and having been acquainted with some of the brilliant scientists and technologists who work there, I am shocked by the bias of the notorious Indian ‘mainstream’ media who always question the contribution of India’s scientists. Despite facing a shortage of resources and despite being denied access to the latest technologies by the governments of some countries, Indian scientists have managed to make every truly patriotic Indian proud of their achievements in the fields of space, nuclear and defence technologies. But some sections of the Indian ‘mainstream’ media think that purchasing outdated technology at hugely inflated prices after signing deals that compromise the sovereignty of the country is the way forward.
Shame on those notorious scoundrels in the Indian ‘mainstream’ media who mislead the people of the country with their pathetic and biased reporting! I can only request my fellow citizens to look at the truth without being mislead by the notorious sections of the media.
I hope the brilliant and hardworking Indian scientists led by people like Anil Kakodkar, Madhavan Nair, Sivanthu Pillai and others are not disheartened by the actions of their pseudo-patriotic countrymen whose actions can make one believe that they(the pseudo-patriots) are in the pay of foreign governments and corporations. People who know the truth are always with the Indian scientists!
India can advance only by taking up science (and allied fields), engineering, technology, modern art and modern literature in a big manner! India’s true soft power is in the hands of those who are associated with the above fields!