Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has already formulated a busy schedule for the upcoming New Year. 2018 will witness a revolution in the Space research sector as ISRO has planned to launch at least one rocket launch every month.
ISRO chairman AS Kiran Kumar has confirmed that ISRO is planning at least one launch mission a month in 2018 to deploy satellites in the earth's orbit for various applications. These launches shall happen from ISRO’s Andhra Pradesh spaceport at Sriharikota.
"For 2018-19 and 2019-20 financial years, we are looking to receive increased budgets from the country in view of the missions," said Mr. Kumar while addressing the media during the inauguration of a Gallery on Space Technology at the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum in Bengaluru.
According to IndiaToday reports ISRO was given a budget of about Rs 9,000 crore for 2017-18. The first of the missions ahead is likely to be the launch of Cartosat-2E remote-sensing spacecraft along with 28 nano and micro-satellites in early January if delayed from December end. Meanwhile, ISRO is also expected to fly 600kg spacecraft designed by TeamIndus on its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) before March 31, 2018, for the city-based firm to win the Google Lunar XPRIZE. TeamIndus is the only Indian team among the five finalists competing for the $30Amillion Google Lunar XPRIZE, a competition is meant to challenge and inspire engineers and entrepreneurs from around the world to develop low-cost methods of robotic space exploration.
ISRO head upheld India’s potential and said, "It is never too late to do anything in science and technology. We can always make a mark. When we put in our best efforts, no one can beat us."
Yes, it is a proud moment for everyone. ISRO’s achievements in the recent days are commendable. This new milestone will upgrade India’s pride in international views as well.