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PM defends space programme expenditure

Last Updated: Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 20:23

Sriharikota: The launch of India`s 100th space mission on Sunday gave some anxious moments to French officials when there was a minor flight path deviation of the PSLV C-21 rocket, which put their and a Japanese satellite in orbit.

The officials looked worried as their advanced remote sensing satellite SPOT 6 was minutes away from being injected into orbit, but heaved a sigh of relief when the launch vehicle resumed its normal flight path.

However, ISRO officials downplayed the incident and said it was not a major issue.

Describing such incidents as "minor," they said on-board computers immediately bring the launch vehicle to its original path in such cases.

In a landmark in the history of its space programme, India today successfully launched its 100th mission with its workhorse PSLV-C21 placing the two foreign satellites in orbit in a flawless flight from the spacesport here.

This was the third wholly commercial launch with no Indian satellite. Apart from SPOT-6, Japanese 15 kg micro satellite PROITERES was also injected into orbit.

The launch originally scheduled for 9.51 AM was delayed by two minutes to avoid collision with space debris.


First Published: Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 20:23

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