Isro chief AS Kiran Kumar explains to students the various uses of Indian satellites

Inaugurating a two-day ‘mega science fair’ at a school in Puducherry, Isro chief Kiran Kumar discussed the utility of Indian satellites.

India has been deploying satellites at a steady pace, with 39 operational satellites currently in orbit, not counting academic satellites launched by students. To meet an increase in demand, Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) plans to enter into partnerships with Indian industries to manufacture the systems and sub systems. In an upcoming PSLV-C37 mission, Isro will attempt to launch a world record of 104 satellites on a single spaceflight. Most of the satellites on board are going to be small CubeSats, but the main payload is an Indigenous Earth imaging satellite in the CartoSat-2 series, weighing 730 kg. In a meeting with school students, Isro Chief explained how these satellites are useful to the country.

The Chairman of Isro AS Kiran Kumar said "we are making use of technology to address the problems faced on earth." Inaugurating a two-day ‘mega science fair’ at a school in Puducherry, Kiran Kumar said, "We are making use of technology to address the problems faced in augmenting educational capability, enhancing tele-medicine facility for the people in remote areas and islands."

He noted that the government is making use of large quantum of information generated by satellites and providing capability for improved governance. Kumar also pointed out that applied data was being used to find water resources and drill bore wells, while satellite data was helpful for several other activities.

Calling on the younger generation to keep nurturing their curiosity, he said, "the youth should not refrain from questioning and they should take their curiosity to the next level even if no answer was available to their questions." You should learn from others` mistakes and build up your capability, he advised the young boys who had gathered at the venue.

Stating that communication through satellites had been benefiting farmers, fishermen and others, he said, presently there were 38 satellites developed and launched by "our own launch vehicle and they are furnishing information relating to various areas including making available advance information about cyclones and sometimes super cyclone. Satellite has no boundaries, either national or international and collects information on surface of earth, vegetation, clouds and even pollution," he said highlighting the quantum of work that had gone into the Mars Mission and Chandrayaan-I. Kumar interacted with the students and visited various stalls.

With inputs from PTI

Isro chief AS Kiran Kumar explains to students the various uses of Indian satellites

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