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ISRO to launch YOUTHSAT in 2010

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The premier space agency will launch the satellite in 2010.

TIRUPATI (PTI): Indian Space Research Organisation plans to launch another important micro satellite ‘YOUTHSAT’ next year with participation of youth from universities in India and abroad, ISRO Chairman G Madhavan Nair has said.

Speaking at the 13th convocation of Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalayam (women's University) here Wednesday, Nair said ISRO was pursuing efforts to inculcate interest in space related activities among youth and provide opportunities for realisation of future payloads for scientific experiments.

Additionally, ISRO has now been providing opportunity to Indian students to develop, integrate, test and operate nano satellites. Many such satellites are being developed at various institutes and Universities across India, he said.

“Today India is rated as one of the top five or six countries in the world having end-to-end capability in space technology and more than that, our country has shown to the world as to how advances in space technology and applications can be tailored and to take care of the common problems facing the country,” Nair said.

He said Chandrayaan-1 has achieved its mission objective to the satisfaction of the global scientific community. He pointed out that scientists from across the globe had recently gathered in Bangalore to study the invaluable data yielded by various instruments of Chandrayaan-1 mission.

Earlier, the university conferred honorary degree of Doctor of Letters on Sudha Murthy, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation and K Rajyalakshmi, MLC and also former Vice Chancellor of the varsity and degrees and diplomas on candidates.

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