PM Singh Tasks The ISRO To Find A New Satellite Launch Site
By Srinivas Laxman | Top News
September 9, 2011
The Indian Space Research Organization has been asked by the Prime Minister’s Office to evaluate another site for launching its satellites that can function unhindered throughout the year.
AsianScientist (Sep. 9, 2011) – The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has been asked by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to evaluate another site for launching its satellites that can function unhindered throughout the year.
This is being considered necessary since the current spaceport at the Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, gets affected by heavy rains and cyclones.
The suggestion assumes significance in the context of ISRO wanting to increase its rate of launches annually.
At present each year there are only three or four launches each year.
The issue came up last week when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had asked all science departments to identify road blocks and recommend measures and reforms in the scientific sector.
At this review meeting, the PMO’s office got together the secretaries of eight ministries and departments to review the progress in different scientific departments during the last few years.
Their task: to chalk out a road map conforming to the PM’s idea of making this decade the “decade of innovation.”
Source: Indian Space Research Organization.
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