Centre is going to open by the next year – ISRO
A remote sensing application-training centre is scheduled to come up in the city by the next year, said G. Madhavan Nair, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), at a function here on Thursday. “Work on the project has already started at the Salt Lake City site provided by the State government,” he said.
Expressing satisfaction about the success of the recent Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) launch at Sriharikota, he said, “Images better than the Google Earth will be available through the satellites in another six months.”
Speaking about the future projects of ISRO, Dr. Nair said, “the unmanned Chandrayaan lunar vehicle is in its building and testing phase and is expected to be launched by the third quarter of this year.”
The mission will study the lunar surface nature and probe the availability of water and helium on the moon. Dr. Nair said ISRO is also launching an indigenous cryogenic flight, by the end of this year, using a Geo-synchronic Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV). “Our organisation will also launch two commercial satellites for the European Union within this year,” he said.
Dr. Nair said policy restrictions of some foreign countries were hindering more commercial satellite launches which are only 14 as opposed to 50 indigenous launches so far. “We are in talks with various international agencies to smoothen the process,” he said.