"GIS (Geographic Information Systems) has applications in urban planning and watershed development. Space imagery helps in land management, coastal management. It is an invaluable asset in disaster management." said Prime Minister Modi on the occasion of India Space Research Organization's (ISRO) successful launch of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C23 which injected five foreign satellites including SPOT 7 into orbit.
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle successfully deployed the French SPOT-7 imaging satellite on Monday. Liftoff from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre was on schedule at 09:52 local time (04:22 UTC). The satellite – along with some smaller companions – was delivered to a sun-synchronous orbit around 655 kilometres (407 miles, 355 nautical miles) in altitude at an inclination of 98.23 degrees.