Chandrayaan-2 mission a calculated risk: ISRO

M Somasekhar Hyderabad | Updated on September 22, 2018

India is all set to take a calculated risk in the Chandrayaan-2 mission (Moon) slated for January 2019. More than 50 percent of lunar missions so far have failed.

Stating this, Chairman of ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation), K Sivan expressed confidence that the risk along with the innovations that are being packed into the launch should see us through.

The ISRO selected landing site on the Moon is above 70 degree latitude, a location no other country has gone before. The US, Russia, China have a history of lunar missions. The Chinese are attempting an ambitious soft landing on the far side of the Moon in December.

India is attempting Chandrayaa- 2 a decade after the successful first mission in 2008. India made the dramatic discovery of water on the lunar surface, which was also confirmed by the NASA.

Sivan said the ISRO has not only developed launch vehicles and satellites but has undertaken extremely challenging and inspiring missions like Chandrayaan, Mars Orbiter Mission and Astrosat. He participated in the 9th Convocation of GITAM Deemed to be University, Hyderabad, as the Chief Guest here on Saturday.

He said the first demonstration flight of SSLV will be by mid-2019. It is going to be the cheapest launch vehicle in the world with the least turnaround time. The innovations in the design will ensure that the vehicle is assembled in around 72 hours rather than 70 days required. Just 6 people with a laptop can assemble and launch the SSLV, he added.

Broadband Connectivity

“India today has the world’s second largest internet user base. But our present broadband speed is 76th ranked in the world. With high throughput satellites GSAT-11, GSAT-29 and GSAT-20 set to be launched before the end of next year, the country can enjoy more than 100 Gbps high bandwidth connectivity across the country which will help bridge the gap.

On the occasion the Degree of Doctor of Letters was conferred on Aekka Yadagiri Rao, Sculptor and Retired Professor, College of Fine Arts, JNFAU, Hyderabad. He designed the Telangana Martyrs Memorial, which is located at Gun Park, In the city.

Three Ph.D. degrees and over 1,017 graduate and postgraduate degrees were awarded. GITAM Chancellor . K. Ramakrishna Rao gave an overview of the University and the importance of exploring inner space in the well being of a person and the world around.

Published on September 22, 2018

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