ISRO chairman K. Sivan has said that 2019 will be a challenging year for ISRO community with 32 planned missions including the “most complex” Chandraayan-2 lunar mission.
Furthermore, works for India’s first human space mission Gaganyaan will go in “full steam” informed K. Sivan in a first of its kind New Year message for ISRO community.
The Union Cabinet has given the nod for Rs. 9, 023-crore programme of Gaganyaan mission. PM Modi had said that the mission would be undertaken by 2022.
GSAT-20 which is to be launched this year will meet the country’s throughput bandwidth requirement of Digital India initiative but it will also improve the in-flight connectivity.
2019 is the Birth Centenary of Founding father of Indian Space Programme Vikram Sarabhai so a host of international & national events would commence from August 12, 2019.
Sivan stated that ISRO has tied up with Ministry of Home Affairs to provide technical support during Emergencies.
Among the achievements of ISRO in 2018 were launch of heaviest satellite GSAT-29(3, 423 kg) & building of heaviest communication satellite GSAT -11 (5, 854) which was launched from French Guinea.
Apart from space, ISRO has been working on various national programmes like socio-economic security and sustainable development including the building of indigenous geo-spatial energy information system.