The Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO) provided crucial logistic support to the Indian Army to identify targets to carry out last month’s surgical strikes into Pakistan occupied Kashmir (POK), a former official from the space organisation said on Monday.
Naik is in Chandigarh for the two-day 5th National Space Conference on Space and Science. Apart from the conference, an ISRO Exhibition is also being hosted jointly by ISRO, ISS and Dikshant Public School.
“For the surgical strikes, the defence forces needed to know what was happening on the ground. Information on as many as eight locations where the enemy was grouping, were provided to the armed forces,” said Suresh Naik, former group director, ISRO and current chairman, International Space Society.
Naik said images from ISRO satellites helped Army in this regard.
There have been reports since the September 29 strikes that ISRO’s Cartosat-2 series satellite, which was launched in June this year, played a crucial role in faciliating the strikes, though the agency has not officially confirmed this.
“ISRO provided acurate images of the camps at the border. The remote sensing satellite has very good resolution of about 1 metre, eventually helping in making a profound strategy,” added Naik.
Meanwhile, launch of Chandrayan-II and Mangalyan-II, India’s second mission to Moon and Mars, respectively, are being planned for 2018. This time, the cost for the missions will be higher as scientists are working on a much heavier and more advanced model. “This time, the GSLV launcher will be used because it will have a rover, orbitor and a lander. Last time, the PSLV was used because it was smaller in size. Scientists are planning to land the robotic rover on the surface of Moon and Mars to get samples and other information,” he said.
“The International Space Society aims at creating awareness about Space Science & Astronomy through outreach & training programmes specifically focused on school students. The objective of the upcoming conference is to give exposure to students so as to ignite an interest in them about the fascinating world of space science & technologies. We have also kept a session named Career options in ISRO,” said Naik.
A talk on Astrosat by Professor J S Bagla IISER, Chandigarh is planned during the Space Conference, Dr.M C Uttam who is currently working as director, ISRO-UoP Space Technology Cell, University of Pune, will give an informative talk on GSLV mission with Cryogenic Engine. Prof. Suresh Naik will present a talk on Chandrayaan I & Mangalyaan.
“I urge the parents to bring their kids to the conference. This is a great opportunity to give the children the exposure and this will also give them insights about aero space. Current subjects about space science are being discussed by experts in the conference. As many as 3,000 students from the region and other parts of the country are expected to participate,” said Miul Dikshit, president, ISS.