INDIA STANDING AT THE CRUX OF 4 DEVELOPED
NATIONS IN SPACE TECHNOLOGY: ISRO CHAIRMAN
While inaugurating 1st Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam
Memorial Lecture at University of Science & Technology Meghalaya on 17th Sep,
2016, Shri AS Kiran Kumar, Chairman, ISRO had commented, “India has now been
emerging as of one of the 4 premier countries in evolving indigenous space
technologies”. He also added “it is a matter of great pride that we had
initiated space programs in the year 1960 with minimum resources and now we have
completed almost 140 space mission and 35 satellites are operational in space
orbits”. He had informed that ISRO is working in close association with NASA so
that both the nations can be benefited by sharing their advancement and
technology with regard to space programs.
Explaining further, he said “To be sure, cost effectiveness and high efficiency
have helped ISRO cut a bigger share in the global space market. We are aiming to
build an industrial consortium by 2020. This will enable us to take on a bigger
role in the launch market.” Kumar continued saying, “In 2013, Mangalyaan showed
how space technology can be mastered even on a modest budget — the total cost of
the mission was roughly Rs 450 crore, making it the least-expensive Mars mission
to date.” It was a very bold move to aim for Mars, history being a testimony.
ISRO is now preparing for Chandrayan II Moon Mission where soft landing by two
land rovers is expected to be conducted. The Indian Space Research organization
& Russia’s Federal Space Research Agency have signed an agreement on joint lunar
research and exploration.
Fast forward to 2016 and the ISRO is continually breaking its own records, from
helping map rural assets to joint programs with NASA on issues like climate
change, it is making a case for becoming the world’s foremost space exploration
freelancer – Sh. Kumar asserted confidently.
Sh. Kumar ended his deliberation with a positive note that ISRO is committed to
carry forward the legacy and Vision of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, transforming India
from a developing nation to developed nation.