Hyderabad: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is drawing plans to develop the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Sri Potti Sriramulu Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh into a Centre for assembling satellites and rockets in near future.
    
"Our vision is a quantum jump in satellites and launch vehicles to be dealt with in future years. The space port Sriharikota should further develop into an area where the industries in India working for space would come together, assemble satellites and rockets there and move to the launch pad," ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan said.
    
The space chief was addressing a meeting in connection with the inauguration of Oceansat-2 ground station at the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (Incois) here this afternoon.
    
ISRO would work with the Andhra Pradesh government in visualising and making the space port development plan a reality, Radhakrishnan added.
    
Noting that Incois was a "symbol of synergy" between the Department of Space and the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Radhakrishnan said it exemplified how a user ministry could internalise inputs from space. He requested the Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences to have a similar system in other departments that dealt with agriculture, water, minerals, etc in the country.
    
Radhakrishnan said ISRO and Incois were working together in the area of environment and climate monitoring. Incois was sending forecast to coastal areas based on inputs received from Oceansat-2 launched two years ago.
    
"The Megha-tropiques satellite that we will launch next month will give a lot of input on study of climate while another satellite Saral that will be launched subsequently will provide ocean altimeter data," the ISRO chief added.
    
Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Shailesh Nayak said an international training centre in operational oceanography would be set up on the premises of Incois in Hyderabad. "We have requested the state government to allot necessary land for this purpose," he said and urged Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy to expedite the process.

(Agencies)