Addressing media for the first time after setting a new world record, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman A S Kiran Kumar on February 20 said that India has the capability to develop a space station and just needs a long-term approach to get it done.
“We have all the capabilities to set up a space station. The day the country takes the decision, we will ‘ok’ the project. Just draw a policy and provide us necessary funds and time.” – AS Kumra, Chairman, ISRO
Kumar’s comments came just a week after India displayed its technological power by launching 104 satellites, including 101 foreign satellites, in a single mission.
Giving a little more detail, Kumar said that ISRO has still not made up its mind about investment in a space station, and added that a long-term thinking is needed on the matter before it can be taken up.
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“We still talk about what would be the immediate benefits of a manned space mission. That is why the country hasn’t made up its mind about when to invest in a space station, a long-term thinking was needed for setting up a space station, the sooner the better.”
With regards to country’s satellite launching capability, Kumar said ISRO was is currently considering tying up with the industries as many more satellites needs to be launched in order to keep a tab of weather conditions, and enhance the communication network of a country.
He added that to be at that level, there needs to be an increase in the number of satellite launches and India needs to enhance its basic infrastructure to do so.
India also needs to reduce the cost of equipment for better results and for that industry tie-up is needed.
“The number of companies manufacturing small satellites has gone up across the world, but these companies could not launch them, therefore this area had immense commercial potential and India could tap it by enhancing the launch facilities.