Space for dreams: On ISRO’s new chief

News: S. Somanath has been appointed as the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

What are the upcoming programmes of ISRO?

Human space flight programe– Gaganayaan

Read here: Union Minister says, India’s maiden human space mission “Gaganyaan” will be launched in 2023

Aditya L1: The aim to take a space observatory to the Lagrangian point one (L-1) to study the Sun.

Read here: Objectives and importance of ISRO’S Aditya-L1 mission.

Privatization of ISRO: New chairman will work towards the privatization of ISRO. New Space India Limited (NSIL) has already been established in 2019 to commercially exploit the research and development work of the ISRO.

Read here: Functions of “NSIL | New Space India Limited”

Along with NSIL, Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre came up in 2020. This was aimed up at channeling non- government private enterprises to watch space activities.

All these initiatives will enable greater participation of private industry into space and has a lot to contribute through technology transfers.

Source: This post is based on the article “Space for dreams: On ISRO’s new chief” published in the The Hindu on 14th January, 2022.

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