HYDERABAD: India has not only developed launch vehicles and satellites but also undertaken extremely challenging and inspiring missions like Chandrayaan, Mars Orbiter Mission and Astrosat, now the country is taking a calculated risk during Chandrayaan-2 mission, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman Dr K Sivan said.
Addressing the 9th Convocation of GITAM Deemed to be University, here, Dr Sivan said that more than 50 per cent lunar missions have failed, even though ISRO is taking a calculated risk, because calculated risk along with innovation is absolutely essential if you want to be a major player in the space industry.
While briefing about Chandrayaan-2, Dr Sivan said that the ISRO landing site is above 70-degree latitude where no one else has gone before. He announced that India will be having its first demonstration flight of SSLV by mid-2019, which is going to be the cheapest the launch vehicle in the world with the least turnaround time.
He said that a lot of innovation has gone into the design to ensure that the vehicle is assembled in around 72 hours rather than 70 days required to assemble other launch vehicles. Just 6 people with a laptop can assemble and launch the SSLV, he added. (AGENCIES)