The pace at which Indian Space Research Organisation is achieving new frontiers in recent years is something beyond admiration. From the path-breaking Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) in 2014 to the recent Cartosat-2 Series Satellite Mission, ISRO is indeed emerging as one of the promising space organisations on a global front.
Now, ISRO intends to launch at least one rocket every month from its Sriharikota spaceport starting 2018. According to ISRO chairman AS Kiran Kumar, the launch missions are to deploy satellites in the earth’s orbit for various applications.
He also mentioned that the mission has fallen in line with the increased budget allocation for the organisation. For the financial year 2017-18, ISRO was assigned with a mega budget of ₹9,000 crore, reports India Today.
Taking the lead will be the launch of Cartosat-2E remote-sensing spacecraft with 28 nano and micro-satellites on-board, in early January.
Also, Chandrayan-2 mission is expected to take flight by the first quarter of 2018, whose work is currently progressing in full swing.
Alongside, ISRO’s collaboration with TeamIndus, the only Indian team among the five finalists competing for the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, is in the pipeline for 2018. The 600 kg spacecraft designed by the Bengaluru-based firm is expected to be space bound on it’s on its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) before March 31.
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“You’re at the prime moment where India as a country is surging ahead. India has got every potential to be the number one in the world, for which each of you must put in your best efforts. It is never too late to do anything in science and technology. We can always make a mark. When we put in our best efforts, no one can beat us,” the ISRO head said at the inauguration of a Gallery on Space Technology at the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum in Bengaluru.