50th launch of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV): ISRO Headquarters, Bengaluru

New Delhi/ PIB News: A Press Meet was organized today, January 01, 2020, at ISRO Headquarters, Bengaluru on New Year’s Day. Dr. K Sivan, Chairman, ISRO addressed and interacted with over a hundred media persons during the meet. During the Press Meet, Dr Sivan outlined ISRO’s achievements during the last one year and also the plans to be accomplished during the current year. During 2019, six launch vehicles and seven satellite missions were realiSed by ISRO. The year also marked the 50th launch of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).

Dr. Sivan said that two new variants of the PSLV were introduced. For the first time, the spent fourth stage of the PSLV was successfully demonstrated as an experimental orbital platform. Indigenously
developer Vikram processor by Semi-Conductor Laboratory was flight-tested during the year. International mobile standards body 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) approved India’s regional navigation satellite systemNavICwhich would facilitate NavIC’suse in mobile phones.

On the capacity building front, a second launch port, exclusively for the Small Satellite Launch Vehicle
(SSLV), is planned to be established in Thoothukudi district, Tamil Nadu. “Land acquisition activities are
presently in progress”, said Dr. Sivan. A second Vehicle Assembly Building in SDSC SHAR Sriharikota
was dedicated to the nation during the year for increasing the launch frequency. As part of the enhanced
outreach activity, a launch viewing gallery was operationalized in Sriharikota to facilitate viewing of
launches’ lives by the public.

In an effort towards the horizontal expansion of ISRO, Space Technology Cells, Space Technology Incubation Centres and regional Academic Centres for Space was established during the year and many more such centers are planned in the future. A special program for school children called “YuvaVIgyaniKAryakram (YUVIKA)” aimed at imparting basic knowledge on Space Technology,
Space Science and Space Applications were also introduced during the last year.

To carry forward the industry production of space systems, ISRO incorporated New Space India Limited
(NSIL), under the Department of Space and efforts in realizing PSLVs from industry initiated.
Pertaining to future programs, Dr. Sivan said Chandrayaan-3 mission to the moon, comprising a lander and a rover is approved by the Government and activities for its realization are in progress.
Talking about India’s first human space flight mission Gaganyaan, Dr. Sivan said “We’ve made good
progress in the mission. The process of Astronaut selection for the mission is completed”. He further added that four astronauts have been selected, who will undergo extensive training. Other projects during the year include SSLV, GSLV with 4m ogive payload fairing, GSAT-20 satellite, NavIC with indigenous atomic clocks, Indian Data Relay Satellite System, Aditya-L1 and XPOSAT.