Wednesday, April 29, 2015

ISRO to Eye Asteroids, Far Away Planets

Picture of Mars taken by India's Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft. Credit: ISRO

Tasting success with Mars mission and Chandrayaan, ISRO now plans to do research on asteroids and collect samples from farther planets. Speaking to Deccan Chronicle on the sidelines of the 24th convocation at Sathyabama University on Monday, ISRO chairman Dr A.S. Kiran Kumar said they would be looking at future missions such as sample return mission, asteroid mission and lander mission. “All this will be determined by the advisory committee on science chaired by Prof U.R. Rao. They will go through the discussions and decide what kind of plans we should have in future and set our priorities,” he said.

Earlier responding to questions, the space commission chairman said that the organisation would launch disaster monitoring constellation satellite for Surrey space technology soon.

He also said in June Mars mission would witness a major event with earth, mars and sun aligning on the same line during which communication to the satellite would get cut for about 14 to 15 days. This will make the satellite handle the situation with its autonomous capability.

The space organisation will also conduct a 635 second test in its indigenous cryogenic engine and launch it with GSLV mark 3 by next December. He added that they would launch Sathyabama University’s nano satellite in the first half of 2016 along with cartosatellite series. 

Responding to another question, Dr Kiran Kumar said that ISRO works closely with academic institutions to develop several softwares and technologies like drone.

ISRO created history on September 24, 2014 when its Mars orbiter succeeded in slipping into the Martian orbit in its first attempt. The success of this mission made India the first Asian country to reach Mars and the first in the world to enter the orbit of the Red Planet in its maiden attempt.

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