Cabinet Approves Continuation of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle Programme
It said that the programme will meet the demand for satellites with four to five launches per year with a greater focus on enhancing the level of participation by the Indian industry.
“All the fifteen operational flights would be completed during the period 2017-2020,” the communique said.
The PSLV flights were sanctioned in 2008 and have made the country self-reliant in the launching capability of satellites for earth observation, disaster management, navigation and space sciences, it said, adding continuing the programme will sustain this capability and self-reliance in the launching of similar satellites for national requirements.
The PSLV has emerged as a versatile launch vehicle to carry out Sun-Synchronous Polar Orbit (SSPO), Geo-synchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) and low-inclination Low Earth Orbit (LEO) missions, it said.
With the recent successful launch of PSLV-C26 on October 16, 2014, PSLV has completed three developmental and 25 operational flights of which the last 27 have been successively successful.