Space Act will be in place soon, says ISRO Chairman

Space Act will be in place soon, says ISRO Chairman

We want clarity on what industries can and cannot do, says Kiran Kumar.

The government’s new endeavour is to inject satellite-based technology into governance and numerous common uses. In this interview given to Madhumathi D.S. in mid-February, A.S. Kiran Kumar, who has completed a year as Secretary, Department of Space and Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation, talks about new shifts in India’s space activities in satellite and launcher areas. Excerpts:

A space law has been in the offing. What is its status?

We have submitted papers to the government based on discussions we first had with academicians and legal experts in January 2015. It should be approved for circulation among a large number of departments — the Ministries of Home Affairs, External Affairs [Defence, Finance, Law,] etc. Some more insight should come in from there.

Something concrete should come out by next year. A Space Act will be finally brought out through Parliament.

A Tribute to Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

'Marg Darshak'
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen "A. P. J." Abdul Kalam was born on 15 October 1931 in Rameswaram to a Tamil Muslim family. His dad Jainulabudeen was a boat proprietor and pioneer of a neighborhood mosque, his mom Ashiamma was a housewife. His dad claimed a ship that took Hindu travelers forward and backward in the middle of Rameswaram and the now-extinct Dhanushkodi. Kalam was the most youthful of four siblings and one sister in his family. Kalam's progenitors had been well off brokers and landowners, with various properties and substantial tracts of area. Their business had included exchanging staple goods between the terrain and the island and to and from Sri Lanka, and shipping travelers between the territory and Pamban. With the opening of the Pamban Bridge to the territory in 1914,the organizations fizzled and the family fortune and properties were lost after some time, aside from the ancestral home.

Kalam's Ancestral Home. Pic courtesy:

By his initial adolescence, Kalam's family had gotten to be poor so he sold daily papers to supplement his family's pay. In his Schwartz Matriculation School, Kalam had normal grades however was portrayed as a brilliant and persevering understudy who had a powerful urge to learn. He invested hours on his studies, for learning mathematics.

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen  Abdul Kalam pic courtesy:

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam




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