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ISRO develops green propulsion for human space mission: K Sivan | India News


CHENNAI: The president of the Indian Space Research Organization (Isro), K Sivan, said on Saturday that the space agency was developing a “green propulsion” for its ambitious human space flight mission, “Gaganyaan”.
He also said that it could be adopted for use in all stages of a rocket.
He was speaking at the 16th convocation of the SRM Institute of Science and Technology, near here.
Sivan, also secretary of the Space Department, advised new graduates to take a “calculated risk” in their life, as it can protect them from “utter failure.”
“As India continues to focus on economic growth, it needs to ensure that environmental damage is limited by adopting green technologies.
ISRO has manufactured space-grade lithium-ion batteries and this technology is useful for mass adoption of electric vehicles, “he said.
On the green thruster, Sivan said: “Even in rocket propulsion, ISRO is developing green propulsion for its human space flight mission.
In the future, all stages of propulsion can adopt green propulsion, “he said.
According to ISRO, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), a trusted workhorse of space scientists, is a fuel-filled four-stage rocket that pushes the rocket to ensure that the satellite it carries is placed in the intended orbit. .
GSLV or a Geostationary Launch Vehicle (GSLV) is a three-stage rocket with a cryogenic upper stage.
The Bengaluru-based space agency had planned to launch its first manned spaceflight mission ‘Gaganyaan’ by December 2021.
But earlier this month, ISRO indicated that it is likely to be delayed a year due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Addressing students through a virtual platform, the head of ISRO encouraged them to take a calculated risk, as it would protect them from “utter failure.”
“It may fail, but each failure will provide a valuable lesson.
I can say with great confidence that the Indian space program has been built on spectacular faults and each fault has resulted in improvements to our system, ”he said.
When asking students to innovate, Sivan said, innovation isn’t just about having a great idea on paper.
“Innovation carries a high risk of failure. You may be called crazy. The initial result of the innovation may be imperfect.
You must realize that you are not failing means that you are not trying anything hard, “he said.
Referring to the space sector reforms announced by the Center in June, he said that “the government has already announced reforms of the space sector for greater participation of non-governmental entities in space activity.”
“Our next PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) launch will feature satellites from emerging agencies that will be the first product of this reform.” he said.
In the SRM Satellite ‘SRMSAT’ launched by ISRO in 2011, he said it was in ‘healthy condition’ and urged the university to come forward and make use of the space sector reform announced by the Government of India.
“ISRO is very open to all of you. I request SRM to present its innovative idea of ​​conducting space activities as required by the Government of India. I am confident that SRM will do this work,” he said.
The Center’s Digital India initiative was a key area to leverage and ISRO has already initiated reforms to make digital assets readily available to industry as well as startups to create innovative applications in navigation, earth observation and management. disaster, he said.

Times of India