Isro sets 25 March-30 April window for Chandravaan-2
18 January 2019
Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) h set a tentative date of 25 March-30 April for it second moon mission for Chandravaan-2, chairmanK Sivan said while addressing a press conference in New Delhi today.
He said Isro has planned 32 missions this year. Elaborating on the priority areas of Isro, the chairman said that these include Gaganyaan project, reaching out to students, outreach programmes, planned missions of this year and Vikram Sarabhai Centenary celebrations.
Sivan said Isro has initiated ‘Samvad with students’ programme this year, where Isro chairman meets the students during his outstation visits and address their queries and quench the scientific thrust. “The youth have boundless energy and endless curiosity,” he added.
For the first time, Isro announced an ‘Young Scientists Programme’ to encourage the scientific talent and increase scientific pool in the country. Under this programme, Sivan said, three students from each state and UT will be selected for Isro programme for one month during which they will visit Isro centres, interact with senior scientists and will have access to research and development facilities. All the expenses of travelling and boarding will be borne by Isro. Sivan appealed to the state governments and the state education departments for their active cooperation in making the programme a success.
Sivan said Isro also planned to set up six incubation centres in various parts of the country - North, South, East, West, Centre and North-East. The first such centre has been established in Agartala. Sivan also announced the establishment of six R&D centres. Students will be able to conduct R&D at these centres as well as incubation centres. Isro, he added, inaugurated `UNNATI’ programme yesterday with the purpose of training participants on nano satellite assembly.
Speaking on the Gaganyaan, Sivan said the first unmanned space flight will be launched by December 2020, second unmanned mission by July 2021 and the first manned mission by December 2021. He said a Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC) has been set up for Gaganyaan project.
Elaborating on the upcoming missions in 2019, he mentioned about reusable launch vehicle technology which will be demonstrated this year where the helicopter will take shuttle to a height at on the runaway. This will help in saving the costs involved in launch vehicles, he added.
He said that small satellite launch vehicle’s first flight will be in July 2019, which can carry payload up to 500 kg.
Isro chairman said that Isro has so far launched 9 student satellites and KALAMSAT will be launched by PSLV-C44 on 24 January this year. He also spoke on other future projects, including GSAT-20, RISAT and GMAT series of satellite.
The year-long centenary celebrations of Vikram Sarabhai will commence from 12 August 2019. Various national and international events will be organised to honour the father of Indian Space prgoramme.
Sivan also announced the inauguration of a Satish Dhawan Centre for Space Sciences in Jammu.