New Delhi: The spirit of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is unstoppable and setbacks would not hamper the organization’s zeal to take more difficult challenges in future.
Today, ISRO Chairman, K. Sivan, talked about sending a man into space by December, 2021.
While speaking at the eight convocation of IIT, Bhubaneswar, Sivan said, “By December 2020, we will have our first unmanned mission of human spaceplane. The second unmanned human space plane, we target for July 2021.”
Then he added, “By December 2021, the first Indian will be carried by our own rocket … This is the target ISRO is working for.”
K. Sivan was speaking about ‘Gaganyaan’, the ambitious project of ISRO to send an Indian to space. He also said that losing contact with Vikram Lander will have no bearing on the Gaganyaan mission.
Reflecting on Chandrayaan-2, he said that the Orbiter will give data for seven years and all the technologies of the mission is accurate expect for the landing of Vikram.
K. Sivan advised the IITians to take calculated risks in life to achieve success in life. He said that innovation comes from high level of risk and failure and gave the example of Edison who failed many times before inventing the electric bulb. He also said that ISRO had failed many times in launching the launch vehicles.
He also asked the students to come up with original ideas and asked the IITians to come forward to help solve issues of poverty, hunger, health, sanitation, drinking water, etc.
The ISRO Chairman also added that even though many see India as a poor country, it occupies the first position in the world for sending remote sensing satellites.