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India`s human space flight programme is at the beginning: Radhakrishnan

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 22:29

Zee Media Bureau

Bangalore: Even as the country is rejoicing over the successful launch of the Mars Orbiter Mission in November, 2013, ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan said Wednesday that Indian human space flight programme is at the “beginning stage”.

He also said that space scientists were studying the critical technologies required for the project.

“As far as human space flight is concerned, we are just at the beginning- at the moment we are studying the critical technologies required for that like- crew escape system, crew module... These are the things we have not done in the past,” Radhakrishnan said.
“As and when we take up a programme of human space flight- this will help us,” he said while speaking to reporters in the presence of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science & Technology, Environment and Forest that reviewed ISRO programmes here.

Illustrating the requirements for the human space flight, he said “we need a reliable launch vehicle with a reliability of 0.99, today we can say GSLV has gone well- but we need to improve the reliability of that.”
“We also need to have a capacity for taking crew module with two or three crew members and the required space for them; so we have the choice of GSLV or GSLV Mark III- that is the decision we need to take.”

While space robotics and human presence in space together are certainly going to be the requirements for the future, he also said “at a right moment -that decision- the country will have to take.”

“What we are doing at the moment is getting ready for critical technology and government has given us funds nearly Rs 145 crore.”

He said “in the GSLV Mark III- the experimental mission is going to happen in April 2014....”

Parliamentary Standing Committee Chairman T Subbarami Reddy while talking to reporters after the review praised the recent achievements of ISRO for the successful launch of Mars Orbit Mission and GSLV-D5 with indigenous cryogenic engine.

Stating that adequate funds are being allocated for the scientific sector in the country, he said “we must focus more towards developing good scientists.”

He said young people should be encouraged towards science and scientists should be given special salaries, special incentives, and special encouragements. His committee is recommending the same, Reddy added.

(With PTI inputs)

First Published: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 22:25

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