ISRO Chairman K Sivan highlighted the top 5 priority areas of the agency for the year 2019. The key areas include Gaganyaan, reaching to students, outreach program, planned missions of this year and Vikram Sarabhai Centenary celebrations.
Dr K Sivan said, “ISRO is launching a 1 month Young Scientists program, under this program, 3 students from each state will be selected, they will be taught and given access to research and development labs giving them practical experience in building satellites.”
ISRO will also set up six incubation centres across the country to attract young talents having interests in Space science.
“We have also developed incubation centre at Tripura for the young scientists who can contribute in the space program. The navigation, payload and communication are the fields where they can contribute”, said Dr K Sivan.
The astronauts on the human space mission ‘Gaganyaan’ will mostly be pilots, hinted Indian Space Research Organization scientists Friday. “We are looking for people with sufficient flying experience,” said an ISRO scientist requesting anonymity.
ISRO Chairman K Sivan said the Indian Air Force and other agencies will play a major role during the selection of astronauts for the human space mission project.
Another scientist said the Defence Research and Development Organisation too will play a major role in this endeavour.
Addressing a press conference here, Sivan said the first unmanned mission for ‘Gaganyaan’ has been planned for December 2020, the second unmanned mission for July 2021 and the final manned mission by December 2021.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the ‘Gaganyaan’ project envisaging sending three humans to space by 2022.
(With inputs from agencies)