Space agency chief lauds 20 years of toil by team

Space agency chief lauds 20 years of toil by team

At the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (Isro) mission control centre here, scientists, including Isro Chairman K Radhakrishnan, hugged one another in excitement once the rocket ejected the cuboid-shaped GSAT-14 into the intended orbit.

Radhakrishnan lauded the efforts of the Isro team for their 20-year hard work on developing indigenous cryogenic system. “I am proud to say that Isro has done it. Today, the Isro teams have put all their heart and soul to make the country proud. It is another major achievement for the GSLV programme and I would say it is an important day for Science and Technology in the country,” he said in his address soon after the rocket placed the satellite into the required orbit.

He said the Indian cryogenic engine has performed as predicted and expected for this mission. “The rocket has injected the satellite into the intended orbit,” he said.

“We targeted an orbit of Perigee of 179 km and we got it exactly. We also targeted an apogee of 3,600 km and we got it also,” he said. “We have repaid all our debt to our country.”

The successful launch is the New Year gift for Radhakrishnan as this is the first successful launch of GSLV after his tenure, which was extended further recently. Learning lessons from the failure of the earlier GSLV missions, Isro had implemented design and modification changes wherever required.

Rigorous ground-testing and improvements were also made with respect to fabrication and quality control to enhance the reliability.

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