“In our future plans the major focus will be on the development of next generation launch vehicle GSLV Mk III, which currently is in advanced stage. He detailed the outlook of Department of Space till 2020 and said GSLV Mk III will provide the capability to launch 4 T class communication satellite into orbit,” Narayanasamy told mediapersons here.

“Research and Development on critical technologies related to Semi-cryogenic engine, Re-usable Launch Vehicles, Air breathing Propulsion and Human Space Flight will pave the way for realisation of advanced launch vehicles,” he added.

Narayanasamy further said that Satellite Navigation is an emerging area of Space Applications.

“The first of the Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS-1A) has been successfully launched in July 2013. The years ahead will witness the completion of the IRNSS constellation with seven satellites leading to the introduction of satellite-based positioning and timing services in the country,” said Narayanasamy.

“The Satellite Communication services in the country are planned to be expanded with more powerful INSAT/GSAT satellites operating in new frequency bands,” he added.

Narayanasamy said new capabilities in earth observations are planned with the development of Geo imaging Satellite (GISAT) to provide near real time images of large areas of the country and hyper spectral imaging systems for natural resources survey and disaster management applications .

“Space technology is a powerful catalyst for social development in the areas of natural resources management, food security, rural development, education and literacy, health-care and environment. Innovations in space based communications and earth observations will be pursued to achieve faster delivery of information to remote areas and finer observation of planet earth,” he added.

Narayanasamy said several exciting missions in Space Science and Planetary Exploration have been planned in the near future including Chandrayaan-2, with a lander and a rover intended for in-situ investigations of the Lunar Surface; multi-wavelength Astronomy observatory satellite ASTROSAT-1 for observation of celestial objects covering optical, UV and X-ray bands and India’s first space- borne solar coronagraph mission ADITYA-1 for studies on coronal mass ejections.

He expressed hope that with the above plan of action, the Space Programme in the country will rise to greater heights and meaningfully contribute to the cause of nation building.

(JPN)

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