Union Cabinet approves PSLV Continuation Programme [ Current Affairs ]


Union Cabinet of India has approved continuation of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) programme for another fifteen operational flights of PSLV-C36 to PSLV-C50. The decision was taken at Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. Total fifteen operational flights under this programme will be completed during the period 2017-2020.

  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to launch of satellites required for earth observation & navigation and Space Sciences will continue PSLV programme.
  • The continuation of programme will also help government to clinch commercial launch service contracts and meet the demand for the launch of satellites at a frequency of four to five launches per year. The continuation of programme will add additional 3090 crore rupees on government exchequer.
  • Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) programme was sanctioned by Union Government in 2008 to use PSLV as a workhorse vehicle to meet the country’s satellite launch requirements.
  • PSLV also has emerged as a versatile launch vehicle to carry out Geo-synchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO), Sun-Synchronous Polor Orbit (SSPO) and low inclination Low Earth Orbit (LEO) missions.
  • Launching through this PSLV has made India self-reliant in the launching capability of satellites for the purpose of earth observation, disaster management, space sciences and navigation.

- Published on: May 25, 2015