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Indigenous Indian space technology at par with others

Coimbatore, Thu, 08 Dec 2011 ANI

Coimbatore, Dec 8 (ANI): At an event hosted by a private college to commemorate the launch of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C-18, Associate Director of Thiruvananthapuram based Vikram Sarabhai Space Center, John P Zachariah said that indigenous Indian space technology is at par with others around the globe.


The PSLV C-18, which was launched in October this year, carried Indo French tropical weather satellite Megha Tropiques from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.


Zachariah also stated that the country's scientists are capable of executing space probe programmes without much reliance on sources from abroad.


In his speech, Zachariah was effusive on India's success on the almost entirely indigenous manufacturing capabilities of launch vehicles and satellites.


"As of now, we don't have any plans for any launch for any foreign collaboration, because (in) all launch vehicle technology, we are almost self-sufficient. We need not depend on any country for their launch vehicle programmes. Wherever we have some satellite programmes, it is a joint venture where their interests and our interests are taken care of, and there is mutual benefit. Technological know-how we need not get, because both in the areas of satellite as well as the area of launch vehicles, we are today very self-sufficient," said John P Zachariah.


The Megha-Tropiques was a satellite jointly developed by Indian and French space agencies, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and French Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES), respectively, which studies the water cycle of the atmosphere in the tropics, in the specific context of climate change.


Polar Satellite Launch Vehicles (PSLVs) are expendable launch systems developed by ISRO. So far, PSLVs have put 41 orbits into orbit since 1993, of which 19 are Indian and 22 are from other countries. (ANI)


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