ISRO – Giving India the Space it need
Run up to Mission Gaganyaan
With a vision to harness space technology for national development, while pursuing space science research and planetary exploration, Indian Space Research organisation (ISRO) is constantly working to establish India as a global Space powerhouse.
After the successful execution of missions like Chandrayaan 1, and Mangalyaan 1, ISRO is all set to take the next big step with GAGANYAAN. To be launched in December 2021, Mission Gaganyaan is about India’s maiden attempt to send humans to space. It will not only be India’s first manned spaceflight, but also a beginning to set up the proposed space station.
To prepare itself to face the unknown challenges of sending humans to space, ISRO plans to launch two unmanned spacecraft in December 2020 and June 2021 with Vyommitra on board. Developed by ISRO, Vyommitra is a talking robot which can mimic astronauts’ activity and respond to queries. It will carry out certain experiments and will always remain in touch with the ISRO command centre.
Gaganyaan is the first step towards realising ISRO’s dream to conduct inter-planetary missions. It will pave the way for Mangalyaan 2 and Chandrayaan 3. Reports indicate the second mars exploration mission will kick off in 2024 when ISRO will send both lander and rover to conduct experiments on Mars’ surface.
ISRO has successfully ventured in the field of satellite communication (INSAT and GSAT), earth and space exploration (RESOURCESAT, ASTROSAT), satellite aided navigation (GAGAN and IRNSS), and planetary exploration (Mangalyaan 1). One thing that leads to ISRO setting global standards is the autonomy it enjoys. Unlike other departments of the government, ISRO directly reports to PMO.
The world has entered into a New Space era where private entities are actively aiding their governments’ space programmes. While some Bengaluru and Chennai based companies are working in space technology field, the private participation in achieving India’s space goals is not up to the mark. Do you think something is needed to be done in this regard?
Join the discussion. Have your say.
For more, follow @policharcha