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Isro develops green propulsion, to launch all rockets with green fuel soon: Sivan | India News

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‘It will establish a ground station in Australia to monitor Gagakonan astronauts in space ‘
NEW DELHI: The Indian Space Research Organization (Isro) is developing a “green propulsion” technology for rocket launch to eliminate dangerous and toxic propellants and plans to launch rockets with the green fuel in the near future. .
Speaking at the Times Network India economic conclave during the ‘Race to Space’ show on Friday, Isro Chairman and Space Department Secretary K Sivan said: “Green propulsion technology is essential for us. In fact, in our Gaganyaan mission, where we will fly humans into space, we need a green propulsion to control our orbiter module with the safety of the astronauts in mind. This activity is currently activated as it is an essential requirement. ”
On future launches, Sivan said: “We want everything to be green and environmentally friendly. Our solid and liquid green propellants are advanced. But we want to bring green propulsion throughout our launch system, as this is the need of the moment. We want to avoid all toxic and dangerous waste. Therefore, the development of the green propulsion system is accelerating ”.
On Isro’s signing of a memorandum of understanding on space cooperation with Australia, the president of Isro said: “We continually have memorandums of understanding with different space agencies, especially with Australia, for mutual space cooperation. Isro wants to establish a temporary ground station on the Cocos Islands in Australia to support its Gaganyaan mission. We need to have 100% communication (24 x 7) with the astronauts once they are positioned in space. The ground stations in India will not be sufficient to guarantee permanent communication with the astronauts when the module moves around the Earth, since there will be certain areas not visible. So we need global support. No doubt such a station in Australia will help us. ”
On other areas of space cooperation with Australia, he said: “We would also like to have a NaVIC (indigenous navigation system) station in Australia. And we will work with them also in space medicine and life sciences ”.
About the Gaganyaan mission, Sivan restrictions caused by Covid last year had affected the pace of the program. “But now all members of the Isro family are busy meeting the release deadline set by PM Modi. Astronaut training in Russia will end at the end of the month. Of the two unmanned missions before the final manned mission, our goal is to launch the first one by the end of the year. ”
He said Isro had carried out a comprehensive analysis of what went wrong during the Chandrayaan-2 mission landing operation in 2019. “Many improvements have been made to the Chandrayaan-3 mission and we are fully confident that it will launch with success. The project is on a fast track and will be launched in the first half of 2022. ”
The first SSLV (Small Satellite Launch Vehicle or min-PSLV) test flight “will also take place this year.” This project will undoubtedly boost Isro’s revenue in the global market, as there is great demand for such a small customer-based vehicle, Sivan said.
The Isro president also said that the Modi government’s move to unlock the space sector is providing an immense opportunity for private actors to take full advantage of the new policy change as it has given them easy access to the space assets of the agency. He also said that the Center’s decision to democratize geospatial data “will also bring a sea change to the system, as it will give developers easy access to data without many security restrictions. A memorandum of understanding has been signed with MapmyIndia in this regard. Also, more companies will do well as they will have free access to geospatial data. ”

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