Kochi, June 19: Space travel would be an integral
part of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)`s future mission programmes, including sending man to the Moon, the agency`s Chairman G Madhavan Nair on Friday said.
The country`s first moon voyage Chandrayaan-1 had
completed its mission and it was a success, Nair said at a
function here. "The moon mission was only a beginning and we
have to accomplish many things with regard to space research
and space travel programme."
Appreciating the efforts of Indian scientists, he said
the country had attained self-sufficiency in space technology
due to hard work of its scientists.
For realising various projects lined by the organisation,
government support -- both of the state and the Centre -- was
essential, Nair said while receiving the Mohammed Abdurahiman
Sahib National Award.
The country had succeeded in extending the benefits of
space technology to commonman through tele-education and
tele-medicine. The technology had been used to provide
education and healthcare through satellites and also
predicting natural calamities, including landslides.
The space technology, which had a "humble" beginning at
the ISRO centre in Thumba near Thiruvananthapuram, had been
developed independently by Indian scientists since developed
countries had refused to share the knowledge apprehending it
would be used for military purposes, he said.
Nair said India was the only country to develop space
technology with government funding and extend its benefits to
Pointing out to a study conducted by the Madras School of
Economics, he said for every rupee spent in space technology
there was a return of Rs 1.50 and emphasised the importance of
space research and technology.
More research should be done in the field for further
development of space technology in the country, he said.
He hoped the Institute of Space Science Technology at
Thiruvananthapuram, which has been functioning for the last
two years, will emerge as one of the best institutes in the
ISRO had established weather stations in various parts of
the country and space technology was being used to develop
villages through the `Village Resource Centres`.
It had plans to set up shortly a radar and a telescope at
Ponmudi in Thiruvananthapuram to observe space, he said.
Among those who spoke at the function are Kerala Revenue
Minister K P Rajendran and Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre
Director K Radhakrishan.