Hyderabad: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said on 24 September it is entering the second phase of space vision covering advanced technologies for low-cost access to planetary exploration and manned mission initiatives in the next few decades.
“The proposed launch of the mission to the moon, Chandrayaan-I, is part of this second vision. We are able to garner cooperation from various space agencies in developing this mission,” ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair said.
Even as the country was embarking on the second vision, the emphasis on societal applications of space technology would be continued with same vigour, he said while addressing the 58th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) here.
The ISRO chairman noted that the Indian space application programmes such as tele-medicine, tele-education and village resource centres could become role models for the global community, especially for developing countries. He said space technologies and space-based systems had become globally important for solving problems and enriching quality of life.
India, he said, had always viewed international cooperation as an essential means to achieve tangible progress. The country also subscribed sharing scientific and technological advances among space scientists. Nair, who is also President of Astronautical Society of India (ASI), paid tributes to Vikram A. Sarabhai, the father of the space programme. He said Sarabhai gave an extraordinary and yet realistic and pragmatic vision for India.
“Thanks to this extraordinary vision, the Indian space programme has become a large, self-reliant, integrated programme with vital links to the user community and committed to excellence in scientific endeavours.”