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ISRO receives Gandhi Peace Prize from President

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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday awarded the Indian space agency ISRO with Gandhi Peace Prize for 2014.

Presenting the prize at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the President said science and technology is a key driver for shaping the destiny of nations and people across the globe. He also congratulated every member of ISRO for receiving the prize.

President Mukherjee praised ISRO by terming it an organisation which has developed and demonstrated world class capabilities. He said, “Technology is not built alone by individuals, an organization is always necessary. The characteristics of organization – their leaders, their structures and their cultures have a great bearing on catalysing innovations and putting them to use for the benefit of society.”

“Although technology has sought to encompass the globe and reach for the stars, but it has always remained rooted in its core mission of national regeneration and worked towards improving the life of a common man, a goal set for the nation by Mahatma Gandhi,” the President said.

He applauded the launch of small sounding rockets from Thumba for atmospheric studies. as it has made ISRO sixth largest space agency of the world. He also said India scripted history on September 24 last year as it successfully placed the Mars Orbiter around Mars.

“It is the only country in the world to achieve this feat in its first attempt and the fourth space agency in the world to reach Mars. It makes us even more proud that this mission was achieved at a fraction of the cost incurred by other successful nations,” the President said.

The President said ISRO has also successfully built the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) with an indigenous cryogenic engine. He complimented ISRO for designing people-centric space programmes to support various national priorities such as food and water security, sustainable environmental practices, conservation of resources, livelihood support, poverty alleviation, rural prosperity, education and health care and disaster management.

With Inputs from IANS

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ISRO New Rocket ‘SSLV’ to Carry Two Defence Satellites

The Indian space agency will fly two small defence satellites in July/August on its new rocket --now known as Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV).

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The Indian space agency will fly two small defence satellites in July/August on its new rocket –now known as Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) – said a top official of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

“We are planning to fly two defence satellites, each weighing about 120 kg in our new rocket SSLV this July or August. The rocket design recently underwent a detailed integrated technical review,” K. Sivan, ISRO Chairman, told IANS on Wednesday.

He said the total weight of the payload that will be carried by the SSLV on its maiden flight will be about 500 kg. While the two satellites would weight about 120 kg each, there will be adaptors and others that would weigh about 300 kg.

The total weight of the rocket will be 110 tonne, Sivan said.

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The total weight of the rocket will be 110 tonne, Sivan said. Flickr

Queried about the need for a second commercial arm – first one is Antrix Corporation – Sivan said: “We want to give a big push for production of SSLV. We expect the demand for SSLV to be about two/three rockets per month. We also want to increase the production of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).”

Sivan said the increase in production is sought to be achieved partnering with the private sector.

He said Antrix Corporation is mainly into transponder leasing and other activities.

On Tuesday, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave its approval for setting up of a new company under the Department of Space (DoS), to commercially exploit the research and development work carried out by ISRO and its constituent units.

The following areas/avenues provide opportunities for commercial exploitation of ISRO programmes:

Small satellite technology transfer to industry, wherein the new company shall take licence from DoS/ISRO and sub-license to industries; manufacture of small satellite launch vehicle (SSLV) in collaboration with the private sector.

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He said the total weight of the payload that will be carried by the SSLV on its maiden flight will be about 500 kg. Flickr

Besides, productionisation of PSLV through industry; productionisation and marketing of space-based products and services, including launch and applications; transfer of technology developed by ISRO Centres and constituent units of DoS.

Also marketing of some spin-off technologies and products, both in India and abroad; and any other subject which Government of India deems fit.

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When asked about the technologies that the ISRO can transfer, Sivan said: “We have developed technologies in materials, chemicals and others. These can be transferred so that people can benefit.”

Sivan said the capital for the proposed company will not be large and its name is yet to be finalised. (IANS)