India has already attained the position of a global leader in space technology and is making rapid strides towards achieving the goal of becoming a world power within next decade, union minister of state (independent charge) Jitendra Singh said in New Delhi today.
Expressing his views at a meeting of officials of the department of space, including the newly appointed secretary of the department of space A S Kiran Kumar, the minister said in more ways than one, ISRO and the Indian space activities truly illustrate Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ''Make in India'' concept.
He referred to `Mangalyaan' and the successful launch of `Mars Orbiter Mission' (MOM), which was developed and executed 100-per cent through indigenous sources, material and equipment, making India the first nation which had succeeded in its maiden attempt and ISRO, the first Asian agency to reach Mars' orbit.
Similarly, India has achieved the distinction of providing cost-effective launch pads for commercial satellites for several developed countries, Singh added.
"Today ISRO conducts a variety of experiments for foreign nations," he said, adding that till December 2014, India had launched over 30 foreign satellites for 19 countries.
Its telecommunication satellite network is one of the largest in the world, he claimed and added that ISRO's space achievements are looked up on by the whole world with respect.
Kiran Kumar, secretary, department of space who is also the chairman of Space Commission and ISRO, said ISRO plans to carry out a mission to the Sun during the next one year and Chandrayaan-II mission to the Moon around 2016-17.
Similarly, Astronomy Satellite Missions as well as Multimedia Broadcast Satellite Missions will also be carried forward to a higher functional level in the times to come, thus further raising the graph of ISRO capabilities in the international arena, he added.
The meeting was the first after AS Kiran Kumar took over as secretary of the department of space, chairman of Space Commission and chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).