Hyderabad: The Indian Space Research
Organisation (ISRO) is drawing plans to develop the Satish
Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Sri Potti Sriramulu
Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh into a Centre for
assembling satellites and rockets in near future.
"Our vision is a quantum jump in satellites and launch
vehicles to be dealt with in future years. The space port
Sriharikota should further develop into an area where the
industries in India working for space would come together,
assemble satellites and rockets there and move to the launch
pad," ISRO chairman K Radhakrishnan said.
The space chief was addressing a meeting in connection
with the inauguration of Oceansat-2 ground station at the
Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (Incois)
here this afternoon.
ISRO would work with the Andhra Pradesh government in
visualising and making the space port development plan a
reality, Radhakrishnan added.
Noting that Incois was a "symbol of synergy" between the
Department of Space and the Ministry of Earth Sciences,
Radhakrishnan said it exemplified how a user ministry could
internalise inputs from space. He requested the Union Minister
for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences to have a
similar system in other departments that dealt with
agriculture, water, minerals, etc in the country.
Radhakrishnan said ISRO and Incois were working together
in the area of environment and climate monitoring. Incois was
sending forecast to coastal areas based on inputs received
from Oceansat-2 launched two years ago.
"The Megha-tropiques satellite that we will launch next
month will give a lot of input on study of climate while
another satellite Saral that will be launched subsequently
will provide ocean altimeter data," the ISRO chief added.
Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Shailesh Nayak
said an international training centre in operational
oceanography would be set up on the premises of Incois in
Hyderabad. "We have requested the state government to allot
necessary land for this purpose," he said and urged Chief
Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy to expedite the process.