ISRO’s proposal for manned mission submitted to Govt
‘Well done’: (From left) The ISRO Chairman, Mr Madhavan Nair; the Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs, Mr Vayalar Ravi; and the past President of CII, Mr S.K. Munjal; at a special session on felicitation of Chandrayaan Team I organised by CII in the Capital on Wednesday.
New Delhi, Dec. 24 The success of the Chandrayaan-1 is now going to be a stepping stone for India’s space science team which has its eyes set on Mars.
A report for ISRO’s plans for a manned mission into space has been submitted to the Government, said Dr G. Madhavan Nair, ISRO Chairman and Secretary, Department of Space. The three-manned mission is expected to take off in 2015. Before that ISRO hopes to get a lander on the moon and collect material, including scientifically rich minerals for study.
At an event organised by CII to felicitate the various scientific and research agencies of the country, that along with ISRO made the moon mission such a success, Dr Nair said, “Where Space science was concerned, India was no longer a developing country. …Now developed countries are buying spacecraft from India.” In a year that saw moon missions from Europe, China and Japan take off, India’s mission was also noticed for the comprehensive range of instruments it took on board.
The success of the lunar mission had made the country proud, and highlighted the huge service that ISRO had been doing for the country since so long, said Mr Vayalar Ravi, Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs. According to Dr Nair, although there was a certain brain drain that happened from India, many scientists like those at ISRO worked for the technical challenges that projects like the moon mission offered. The Government has taken note of the remuneration of researchers and scientists at least at ISRO and institutes under the Department of Atomic Energy, said Dr Nair.
ISRO’s Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) would also introduce its first batch of students who would soon contribute to India’s scientific community, added Dr Nair.
Among those felicitated today were Dr K. Radhakrishnan, Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre; Dr M.Y.S. Prasad, Associate Director, Satish Dhawan Space Centre – SHAR; Dr V. Jayaraman, Director, National Remote Sensing Agency; and Mr K.R. Sridharamurthy, Managing Director, Antrix Corporation. Mr M.K.G. Nair, Director of Liquid Propulsion System Centre; Mr P.S. Veeraraghavan, Director, ISRO Inertial Systems Unit at Trivandrum; Mr S.K. Shivkumar, Director, ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC); Mr A Bhaskaranarayana, Director, Satellite Communication Programme/Scientific Secretary, ISRO; Dr T.G.K. Murthy, Programme Director, ASP, ISRO Satellite Centre, Mr A.S. Kiran Kumar, DD, SEDA, Space Applications Centre; and Dr George Koshy, Managing Director, PSLV-C11; were also felicitated.