India already a world leader in space: Jitendra Singh

Union Minister of State for Atomic Energy and Space Jitendra Singh on Thursday said that India is making rapid strides towards becoming a world power and has attained the position of a world leader in Space technology due to its recent achievements.

Last Updated: Jan 22, 2015, 22:39 PM IST
India already a world leader in space: Jitendra Singh

New Delhi: Union Minister of State for Atomic Energy and Space Jitendra Singh on Thursday said that India is making rapid strides towards becoming a world power and has attained the position of a world leader in Space technology due to its recent achievements.

He said space activities like Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also known as Mangalayaan, conformed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of “Make in India”.

“The MOM was developed and executed through 100 percent indigenous sources, material and equipment, making India the first nation which had succeeded in its maiden attempt and ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation), the first Asian agency to reach Mars orbit,” Singh said..

In a meeting with space department officials here, the minister also lauded India for providing cost-effective launch pads to developed countries for commercial satellites.

While underlining that India has launched over 30 foreign satellites for 19 countries until December 2014, the minister said its telecommunication satellite network was one of the largest in the world.

Singh also praised the ISRO scientists Vikram Sarabhai, Satish Dhawan and contemporaries like UR Rao and K Radhakrishnan for making the nation proud in the field.

At the meeting, ISRO chairman Dr AS Kiran Kumar briefed the minister on some of the projects that the organisation plans to undertake in the near future, including a mission to the sun by 2016 and Chandrayaan-II Mission to the Moon by 2016-17.

(With Agencies input)