Kochi: The Indian Space Research Organisation is in the process of designing a satellite for providing connectivity to villages,Isro Chairman G. Madhavan Nair said on Friday.
“We have plans to use multiple spot beams for the satellite, which is expected to be launched in another two and a half years time,” Nair told reporters here.
There are about 600,000 villages in the country of which at least 50,000 have no connectivity, he said.
On the abrupt end of India’s maiden moon mission Chandrayaan I, he said “we had anticipated some problems at the beginning and wanted to complete important experiments much earlier. About 95% of data collection has been completed and analysis will take another six months to two years.”
Stating that the space agency had no immediate plans for a manned mission to moon, he said that Isro was concentrating currently on developing a ‘man capsule´ by 2015 to take man to circumnavigate the earth. “Only five to six years after this mission, a manned mission to moon will be planned,” he said.
No conclusive evidence of water has been found on moon from the data collected by Chandrayaan I, he said adding that Isro was conducting a joint study with Nasa in this regard.