Buoyed by the successful Mars mission launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), many nations are now approaching it wanting to stem their own Mars mission, including S Korea and the UAE, said AS Kirankumar, Chairman of ISRO in the city on Thursday. Incidentally ISRO also had plans to launch the first SAARC satellite for the region by the end of next year
“Lots of countries, including Korea and one of the Gulf countries, have showed interest in deep space exploration and want to start their own Mars mission. A team from Korea came last week and met the scientists here and they are looking at help from us.
More countries are approaching us after the completion of our Mars Mission to understand how things can be done. With regards to our plans of launching the first SAARC satellite, we have met (representatives) of all nations in June this year and through the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) have provided them specific aspects on use of slots on frequencies and the work is in progress,” said A S Kirankumar, who currently holds the post of Secretary, Department of Space and is the Director of the Space Applications Centre (SAC), Ahmedabad.
Kirankumar will inaugurate SAC’s 40 year celebration of SITE (Satellite Instructional Television Experiment) programme which was flagged off in 1975, on Friday. The scientist hailed the ‘techno-social’ programme as an important one, which convinced the Indian government of the importance of space technology in communication.
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