Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning to test first-ever reusable satellite launch vehicle in coming September. The revolutionary step will bring down the cost of satellite launch by 90 percent, says ISRO scientists. Untill now, components of the satellite launch vehicle fall off successively in various stages, thus making it non-reusable that resulted in costly launches.
In an interview, ISRO chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar said that for the first time launch vehicle will be made to launch in ocean. However, ultimate goal is to make it land at an airstrip at Sriharikota. He further added that all the computational analysis and testing of models including wind tunnel model have been done and tests have shown promising results. Now it’s time to take it to the next level, but Mr. Kumar also pointed out that it is just a start and there is a long way to go.
While praising the efforts of ISRO, Jitendra Singh Minister of State for Department of Space said that 11 satellites have been launched over the past one year and ISRO will launch another satellite (Astrosat) on reusable satellite launch vehicle in this September. He further added that India will launch remaining two satellites of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) series by 2016. IRNSS will be the third such system in the World, said Singh.
On ISRO’s growing reputation, Mr. Kumar said that other space agencies now want to work in collaboration with ISRO and they also want to use the expertise available here. He said that NASA is working with ISRO and sharing data of their respective Mars mission, French space agency (CNES) is in discussion with ISRO, also UAE wants to have their own Mars mission by 2020 with the help of ISRO.
Moreover, to promote space science and ignite interests of children in it Mr. Singh launched an android application named ‘Sakaar’. While explaining he said that Sakaar is an application that provides three-dimensional models of the ISRO’s project including Mars mission, satellites and launch vehicles. “We will be distributing this in schools and other institutes for free so that students can get a better understanding of our space working,” Mr. Singh said.