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Need to establish private military-industry complex, says former president APJ Abdul Kalam

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Former president A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, on Thursday, stressed the need to establish a military-industrial complex involving large private industries, with a view to strengthening the long-term defense strategy and defense industry growth.

“The need of the hour is to establish a military-industry complex (MIC) at the national level enlisting large and medium industries to be partners along with defence PSUs (public sector units) as its members,” Kalam said at an Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) meeting.

“Establishment of MIC envisages not only the industrial development but also creates a number of job opportunities. This will pave way for knowledge workers to participate and contribute in the production of high-quality systems,” he added.

Kalam, who has been a scientist and science administrator at the Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO), further said that regulations and control procedures are to be implemented in managing private industries for manufacturing defence systems.

He also said that encouraging high technology tie-ups and joint ventures between Indian and other global defence industries will achieve not only competitiveness but also envisage the product for export.

Emphasising the urgency of the situation, Kalam said that India cannot afford to lose anymore time in pondering the issue.

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NASA Joins Hands with ISRO to Track Vikram ‘Calling Home’

The IMAGE satellite was launched by NASA in 2000 and lost contact after five years

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FILE - Tourists take pictures of a NASA sign at the Kennedy Space Center visitors complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida, April 14, 2010. VOA

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is continuing its attempt to reach out to India’s moon lander sending communication signals with its Deep Space Network (DSN), said officials.

It is also reported the American space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is sending radio signals to Vikram.

“Attempts are being made to reestablish communication links with the moon lander Vikram. The attempts will be made till September 20-21 when the sunlight will be there in the area where the Vikram has landed,” an ISRO official preferring anonymity told IANS.

The ISRO is trying to establish link with Vikram with its Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) at Byalalu near Bengaluru.

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Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan displays a model of Chanrayaan 2 orbiter and rover during a press conference at their headquarters in Bangalore, India, Aug. 20, 2019. VOA

Scott Tilley, an amateur astronomer who found American weather satellite IMAGE in 2018 that was considered to be lost, on September 10, tweeted: “#DSN 24 beams 12KW of RF at the #Moon in hopes of stimulating #Chandrayaan2’s lander #VikramLander into communicating with home.

“Here’s a eerie recording of the searcher’s signal reflected off the Moon and back to Earth via EME (Earth Moon Earth) on 2103.7MHz.”

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“Meanwhile the DSN24 continues emitting its beacon in hopes #VikramLander will respond…A Good Night all!” he said in a recent tweet.

The IMAGE satellite was launched by NASA in 2000 and lost contact after five years. (IANS)