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ISRO technically ready for human space missions

Feb.16 (MES): The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is ready with technologies needed for human space missions and only political clearance is needed, according to a senior professor.

Delivering the spotlight address at the fourth ORF-Kalpana Chawla Space Dialogue here today, B N Suresh, Honorary Distinguished Professor of the ISRO, said as far as ISRO is concerned, its team is ready to undertake such missions.

Prof. Suresh said ISRO is now working on building the heavy lift launch vehicle that can lift five to eight tonnes of payload. These vehicles will be backed by highly powerful Cryo Engine Cluster .

He said the future plans of heavy lift launch vehicles are designed to allow India to launch reusable vehicles, heavy platforms and human space missions.

Looking at the growing use of small satellites, India is also working on a small satellite launch vehicle. ISRO is also working on to master recovery of the space capsule and developing a reusable launch vehicle that would reduce the cost and allow reuse of the vehicle.

Prof. Suresh said all of India’s launch capabilities are in sync with the civilian programme, but not defense.

The three-day conference will see top scientists, policy-makers, practitioners, and all other stake-holders debate various topics and issues.

The valedictory address will be delivered tomorrow by Dr. V K Saraswat, now NITI Aayog Member and a former Director General of the DRDO and Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister. (ANI)

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