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ISRO`s budget is just three percent of that of NASA

Indian Space Research Organisation`s budget is just three per cent of that of its US counterpart NASA, its Chairman K Radhakrishnan said on Wednesday.



Tumkur: Indian Space Research Organisation`s
budget is just three per cent of that of its US counterpart
NASA, its Chairman K Radhakrishnan said on Wednesday.

Delivering a convocation address at Tumkur University, he
said despite the low funding, the Indian space programme is
ready to take a giant leap towards inter-planetary missions
and human space flight programme.

"The success of Chandrayaan-1 prepares the basis for many
futuristic missions. Mission planning is being carried out for
Chandrayaan-2, Mars orbiter and Aditya, the maiden solar
mission to study solar corona," Radhakrishnan said.

But the most ambitious of all is the Human Space Flight
Programme in which two astronauts would be sent to low earth
orbit and would be safely "landed back".

According to him, with 15 consecutive successful
launches, India`s workhorse rocket PSLV is considered the most
reliable launchers in its class in the industry.

With the development of GSLV-Mk III rocket, the launch
capacity to geo-transfer orbit would be raised to four tonnes
which means "an adult elephant being carried to 25,000 kms
above the earth".

"The astonishing fact is -- all these were achieved on
a stringent shoe-string budget. Our budget for the financial
year 2009-10 which also happens to be our highest ever, is
just three per cent of NASA`s budget for the year 2010,"
Radhakrishnan said.

PTI

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