A picture is worth a thousand words and this is exactly what made Prime Minister Narendra Modi happy.
After seeing the success of ISRO launching 20 satellites in a go, Modi expressed his happiness on Instagram and Twitter.
A picture of joy! This is a photo I took, while seeing on TV the success of ISRO in launching 20 satellites in a go. Today is a proud day for India and we congratulate our scientists on this monumental accomplishment. We are proud of how our space programme has transformed people's lives and also helped other nations in their space programmes. I was delighted that children from institutions in Pune and Chennai played a role in making of the satellites. More power to our scientists and youngsters. #TransformingIndia
Witnessed with immense pride and delight the brilliant moments on TV & took photos for my Instagram account. pic.twitter.com/lfGSkCUmjk— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 22, 2016
20 satellites in a go! @isro continues to break new barriers. Hearty congratulations to our scientists on the monumental accomplishment.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 22, 2016
Our space programme has time and again shown the transformative potential of science & technology in people's lives.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 22, 2016
Over the years we developed expertise & capability to help other nations in their space initiatives. This is the skill of our scientists.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 22, 2016
Saw with immense joy that students from institutions in Pune & Chennai played a role in the making of satellites. This touched me.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 22, 2016
As a common citizen, was totally immersed in happiness to see our youngsters excelling & taking so much interest in science.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 22, 2016
In a precision launch, PSLV-C34 took off from the second launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre, about 110 km from Chennai at 9.26 AM and placed the Cartosat-2 Series and 19 others in the designated polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) about 30 minutes later in clear skies.
The 727.5 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite will provide regular remote sensing services with its panchromatic and multispectral cameras and its imagery will be of multiple use. Of the 19-satellites, 12 are earth imaging "Dove satellites" of USA and another American satellite. The rest are from Canada (two) and one each from Germany and Indonesia. Two academic satellites are from Sathyabama University (Sathyabamasat) in Chennai and from College of Engineering (Swayam) at Pune.
Use of Cartosat 2 includes cartographic, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, utility management like road network monitoring and water distribution.
Also, creation of land use maps, precision study,change detection to bring out geographical and man-made features and various other Land Information System and Geographical Information System applications can be done. It is similar to the earlier Cartosat-2, 2A and 2B.
With Wednesday's launch of 20 satellites, PSLV beat its 2008 record when it placed in orbit 10 satellites in a single launch into various Low Earth Orbits. This is the 14th flight of PSLV in "XL" configuration known for its capacity to carry more load which uses 'solid strap-on motors'. The total weight of all the 20 satellites carried onboard PSLV-C34 is about 1288 kg.
India has 11 operational earth observation satellites, including RESOURCESAT-1 and 2, CARTOSAT-1, 2, 2A, 2B, RISAT-1 and 2, OCEANSAT-2 are in orbit.
Beginning in 1988, ISRO had launched many remote sensing satellites (for earth observation) and the data are for varied use including agriculture, water and ocean resources besides disaster management.