Thane, December 17
Indian Nuclear Scientist and former Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission of India Padma Vibhushan Dr Anil Kakodkar dismissed the belief by foreign countries that it would be difficult and costly for India to do space research and achieve success in the release of satellite.
Addressing the 51st Akhil Bharatiya Vigyan Parishad here last evening, he listed the achievements of the country in the space applications and said that the Indian scientists and engineers had done a commendable job in that direction.
“The foreign counties have been saying that it would be difficult and costly for India to achieve this but with due respect to what they have done and with their experience, I would like to say that the work being done by the Indian scientists and engineers are noteworthy,” he said. Giving an example, he said “if 1000 US dollars were spent in building something in a foreign country, the same is done by our scientists and engineers in just around 400 US dollars.” Every Indian should be proud of the fact that the engineers and scientists whatever position they are in and whatever they do towards the space progamme have contributed towards the national project of pride. They should be proud of the same, he added.
In his speech dwelling mostly on the work being done by the engineers and scientist towards this goal, he gave an example when JFK was the president of the US. “When JFK visited the NASA and was getting out, he saw one man mopping the floor and enquired as to what he was doing. That man simply replied that he was contributing his might towards the space programme of the country and to achieve success in the projects.”
Dr Kakodkar also lauded achievements by the College of engineering at Pune and the IIT Bombay in their endevours in the space programme and wanted others to follow the suit. As a response to the call by ISRO in order to develop micro-satellites, COEP students gathered and formed satellite team (CSAT) in December’08. The team developed a satellite Swayam operating in the HAM frequency band. The satellite is India’s first passively stabilised satellite. The team cleared all the reviews and tests and the satellite was handed-over to ISRO. Swayam was launched successfully on 22 June 2016 along with ISRO’s CARTOSAT-2C by Polar Satellite Launch vehicle PSLV-C34.
A presentation on this was given at the meeting by a student representative and another on the IIT satellite which was appreciated by the delegates. The IIT Bombay Student Satellite Project is a landmark project taken up by IIT Bombay students. The objective of this project is to make IIT Bombay a respected centre for advancement in Satellite and Space Technology in the world. These Satellites could be test-beds for new technology that is being developed in the institute and also a method for space qualification.
‘Pratham’ is the first satellite under this project. The plan was to build a fully functional microsatellite which would then be launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). This is entirely a student initiative with mentorship provided by ISRO scientists and IIT Bombay Faculty. The satellite will fit in a 30.5cm X 33.5cm X 46.6cm cube and will weigh 10.15kg, excluding FE Ring.
Thane, December 17