Interview With ISRO Chairman - AS Kiran Kumar - Part 2


Mr. Kiran Kumar AS
Chairman, Indian Space Research Organization



" We are looking for Venus, possibility of going to Venus. Then we are looking observations at asteroids etc., More and more discussions takes place on what should be the future for interplanetary mission"

Q) What are the commercial opportunity accessible because of National  Space  Act?
These days we don't have any policies, so we need to address various aspects. For example when you put an objects in space ,it belongs to whom who should be responsible for it if some thing happens, because of that, liability is there, if there are damages it causes, what kind of thing is it. Then in space there is also a risk of  people start using it for non civilian application or for non peaceful uses. With  United nations we will have some common discussion for making sure that space is preserved for peaceful uses in future, even commercial actors will be coming what should be their role, what should be the role of the government. And then how the users space should be brought within the country administration so there is a host of issues which need to be addressed.

pic1Satellites in Space
Pic courtesy:NASA -GODDARD.

Q) Will it be useful for space entrepreneurs'
It will be useful for them in the sense that there is definition of do's and don's, like what they can do and what they cannot do such things .

Mr M C DathanFormer Director***, Vikram Sarabhai Space Center, Trivandrum Part-2

Mr M C Dathan
Former Director***, Vikram Sarabhai Space Center, Trivandrum


For Students


What  are all precautions  taken to make a new joiner's initial days comfortable in  ISRO? What are the things they have to prepare in advance?

For joining in ISRO you need not to prepare separately. You concentrate on your subjects. Whatever you independently try to prepare in advance is not going to have much benefit because you don't know in which field  you going to work. Whole rocket technology is  such a complex system where every branches of engineering and science is finding a role. But that particular branch of science will have a small portion of the area ,so  you be thorough  in your subjects  and also whatever you learn.

In 12th class  we learn pressure, volume, temperature relationships, the Charles law, boyles law, the adiabatic expansion, thermodynamics, compound cycle, and  in mathematics  parabola, hyperbola, at that time we would think why unnecessarily all  this troubles of  parabola, hyperbola in the life what is use???In mars orbiter mission the total trajectory is controlled  by those parabola and hyperbola by mathematical equation. Whatever things we learn fundamentally ,we find a use throughout the time. Read it well. And when your actual learning  starts is  only when you are applying all the learning  in to the job. What you have learned in the academic institutions were to give you a base or foundations to apply  common  sense and understand more things in the profession.

Dr. Shyam Bhaskaran, JPL, NASA

Dr. Shyam Bhaskaran
Navigation and Mission Design Section, JPL, NASA

Dr. Bhaskaran received a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D from the University of Colorado in 1991. He has been with the Navigation and Mission Design Section at JPL for 11 years. He began his profession as a orbit determination authority on the Galileo mission. From that point forward, he has served as an member of the navigation group for a  missions like Deep Space-1, Mars Odyssey, and as the navigation lead for the European Mars Express and JPL's MRO missions.



He was one of the important architects of the autonomous navigation framework utilized on Deep Space-1, and he was navigator and member of the imaging science group for the STARDUST mission. He is presently a part of NASA's Outer Planets Navigation Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. He is additionally leading a group which is navigating a rocket to Comet Hartley-2.

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