To also launch SAARC satellite in March: ex-Director
Kolkata, March 17:
India is going to launch GSLV Mark-III, the country’s most powerful launch vehicle, in another two months, ex-Programme Director of ISRO TGK Murthy said on Friday.
“In another two months we are going to launch GSLV Mark-III. We are going to launch four satellites from the Indian soil in the near future,” Murthy told PTI on the sidelines of a three-day international conference on ‘Advances in Science and Technology’ here.
ISRO has been successful in testing the high thrust cryogenic technology for use in the launch vehicle, GSLV Mark-III, the space scientist said.
The space agency will also launch the SAARC satellite this month, to give member countries all the benefits as envisaged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said.
Besides, India will launch a satellite to study the sun and global climate change, Murthy said, adding it will be named Aditya-L1 and will weigh 400 kg, carrying one payload.
Pointing out that the Indian space mission has “wide-ranging applications and facilities”, he said and added that 90 per cent of the technology application materials being used by ISRO have been made indigenously.
He said the space department, in combination with academics and industry start-ups, was working to meet the growing demand in several areas including weather.
“India is going to take 10-15 per cent share of the global space market”, and ISRO is having global customers as our research occupy pre-eminence in the world, he said.
Private rocket to moon
Murthy also referred to India’s first private mission to the moon.
“We will have private rocket for the first time in the moon. Our scientists are working on challenges like capsule re-entry and safety conditions, and it promises to be one for the history books,” he said at the conference hosted by a private engineering institute.
Addressing young scientists and researchers, AS Manekar, Director General of National Council of Science Museum, said the role of teachers was to impart knowledge to students, who must work for development of the society. He underscored the need for sustained research to facilitate science and technology work for betterment of future for mankind.
(This article was published on March 17, 2017)
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