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President unveils new rocket launch facility

BANGALORE: President Pratibha Devisingh Patil Monday unveiled a new rocket launch facility and its mission control centre at India\'s spaceport near Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. After d

Published: 02nd January 2012 08:55 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:07 PM   |  A+A-

BANGALORE: President Pratibha Devisingh Patil Monday unveiled a new rocket launch facility and its mission control centre at India's spaceport near Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

After dedicating the facility to the nation, Patil witnessed the simulation of a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket launch in the control centre and interacted with the space scientists, including state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K. Radhakrishnan.

"The chairman briefed the president on the Indian space programme and explained the space agency's various activities through a powerpoint presentation," ISRO said in a statement released here.

Patil also visited the first launch pad to witness the assembly activities of PSLV-C19 scheduled for launch early this year.

Andhra Pradesh Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan, Minister of State for Personnel V. Narayanasamy and state officials were present on the occasion.



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