Submitted by Newseditor on Sat, 2015-11-14 19:43 Belagavi: In an apparent bid to emerge as one of the most powerful space organisations in the world, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is gearing up to launch five new satellites on December 16. Speaking after inaugurating the Centenery Foundation Day ceremony of KLE society here on Saturday, Dr. A S Kiran Kumar, Chairman, ISRO said that along with the five new satellites developed by Singapore which are scheduled to launch on December 16 the organisation will be launching three more indigenous satellites from next year January to March. Pointing on various milestones achieved by the premier space agency ever since it was established in 1963, Kiran Kumar said that the agency had achieved worldwide credit of having the most reliable launch vehicles. “The first ever lunar probe Chandrayan-1 proved the presence of water molecules on Moon. Till date the agency had launched 75 Indian satellites and as many as 51 satellites developed by foreign countries. After Father of Indian Space Programme Dr Vikram Sarabhai took the initiative, the country had come a long way in developing indigenously developed satellite which are catering services in various fields including education, meteorological, telecommunication, and fishing thus immensely contributing towards improving the quality of life of the people,” he claimed. Explaining the contributions of satellites towards the day to day civic life of the country, Dr Kumar opined that as the satellites have been sending images every 30 minutes, it has enabled us to know about the natural disasters including cyclones well in advance. “Earlier cyclones had claimed lives of thousands in India. Recent days we could see that the satellites have mitigated the damage and death toll of human beings and animals to single digits. The satellites have been also helping the fishermen by providing information about the presence and location of fish resource all along the costal line which has considerably reduced their time on fishing and their expenditure towards fuel,” he remarked. Further, he stated that the satellite based technology had also improved the success rate of digging borewells recording over 96 percent success rate. The satellite technology has also contributed to agriculture and thus an improvement in food production also achieved. Jnanayogashram Siddeshwar Swamiji of Vijayapur, KLE Society Chairman Rajyasabha member Prabhakar Kore, Society President Shivanand Koujalagi and secretary B G Desai were also present on the occasion.