Sriharikota, Jan 12: Terming the successful launch of PSLV-C40 carrying Cartosat-2 and 30 other smaller satellites as a 'big feat', ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar on Friday expressed happiness over technocrats rectifying the efforts in the unsuccessful previous launch of C39 in quick time.
In his comments after the successful launch, Mr Kumar who, will be demitting office shortly said, ISRO had started 2018 in a big way. 'The last launch of PSLV C39 due to heat shield problems we had faced, the committees went through rigorously and found corrective measures that were required to make the system more
robust. Today what has happened indicates that problem is properly understood and rectified and we are extremely happy to present to the country a new year gift with Cartosat-2 series and other satellites,' he said.
The ISRO Chairman said Cartosat-2 and other satellites have been deployed successfully at the designated place. The performance of Cartosat-2 is satisfactory.
He said this year, ISRO had a large number of activities planned and the next -- the GSLV Mk-II, scheduled for launch next month, was being assembled.
Satish Dhawan Space Centre Director P Kunhikrishnan said today's success had proved that ISRO's team work had paid dividend. It is truely precious because of multiple reasons as this mission proved the correctiveness of all the measures taken in a much more efficient and effective way making the vehicle more robust and reliable. he said.
'This is the mission which turned out to be an excellent tribute to Mr Kumar, who has been the driving force with us all along. At the same time this is a mission, a welcome launch for our new Chairman designate Dr K Sivan,' Mr Kunhikrishnan said. UNI
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