Bhubaneswar, Nov 20 (LocalWire): A great scientist, visionary and institution builder, Dr Vikram Sarabhai’s dream of pushing India into the forefront of space research has yielded rich dividends for the country today, speakers said at the concluding day of the four-day Vikram Sarabhai Birth Centenary celebration here today.
Space science has been benefitting people at large in several ways influencing the day to day life, S Pandian, Vikram Sarabhai Distinguished Scientist and former Director of the Satish Dhawan Space Center, SHAR, ISRO, Sriharikota, said.
From warning people about an impending cyclone to informing fishermen about the density of fish in a particular area in the sea to warning driver of locomotives about the congestion at an unmanned level crossing, space science is aiding society big time, not to mention other benefits, Pandian said.
Those using the GPS system for guidance would be using the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System with the operational name NAVIC, within a year, he said adding that reading maps would be made more efficient.
ISRO also planned to have a manned space mission by 2022 while a spacecraft mission to study the sun, christened Aditya L-1, was also on the drawing board, he said.
Pandian said though Lander Vikram of Chandrayaan 2 mission did not have a soft landing on the moon’s surface it had given a lot of inspiration to the scientific community and the Orbiter Vikram had been put in the orbit.
The pictures of the moon’s surface being sent by the Orbiter were of better quality than those obtained by advanced countries, he said.