Chandrayaan-3: India’s Ambitious Leap Puts Space Consortiums and Defense Self-Reliance in Focus

23 August, 2023 | Anupam Shrivastava

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NewsX Interviews Sandeep Bhattacharya, a patron of the Amateur Astronomers Society & former director of the BM Birla Planetarium and Surendra Pal Singh, former Senior Advisor at ISRO.

In a live interview with NewsX, Sandeep Bhattacharya, the esteemed patron of the Amateur Astronomers Society & former director of the BM Birla Planetarium, engaged in a thought-provoking conversation about India’s foray into space exploration. Joining the conversation was Surendra Pal Singh, former Senior Advisor at the Satellite Navigation Center of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). The discussion centred around the pivotal moment India is experiencing as it seeks to redefine its space industry and contribute to global space exploration efforts.

Bhattacharya expressed his perspective on India’s ongoing space endeavors. He noted that space exploration and astronomy have transformed into resource-intensive domains, rendering it near impossible for any single nation to conduct these endeavors individually. Stressing the need for global cooperation, he highlighted that a consortium of nations must unite to explore celestial bodies and innovate in this frontier. he proudly asserted that India is positioning itself as a prominent player in this consortium, harnessing its skilled workforce, technological prowess, and resources.

Addressing the future trajectory of India’s space program, Bhattacharya acknowledged NASA’s pursuit of a permanent manned station on the Moon through its Artemis program. he underscored India’s integral role in contributing to these missions and the establishment of a human base on the lunar surface. Quoting Russian rocket scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, he emphasized humanity’s innate desire to expand beyond Earth’s confines, deepening our understanding of the cosmos.

Singh, an accomplished figure in space technology, offered his insights on the significance of India’s lunar endeavors. He highlighted that India’s successful landing on the Moon’s south pole could unlock a wealth of knowledge about lunar geology, exospheric properties, and thermal characteristics. Singh also emphasized the technological validation this mission offers, benefiting various industries, including private ones that participated in the mission’s development. He projected that this achievement would bolster India’s position in the global space technology arena.

Returning to the conversation, Bhattacharya delved into the intersection of India’s space capabilities and defense initiatives. He opined that as society becomes increasingly reliant on space-based technologies, defense applications would also transition to space-based monitoring and control. He underscored India’s gradual progress toward achieving self-reliance in defense manufacturing, expressing optimism that India’s knowledge-based society could lead in this realm.

Singh concurred, asserting that India has made substantial progress in its space endeavors, meeting its requirements while acknowledging the financial and industrial constraints. He highlighted the notable advancements from the early Aryabhata satellite to the recent Chandrayaan missions, positioning India as a significant player in space technology globally. On the defense front, Singh projected that within the next five years, India’s defense industries would attain self-sufficiency, mirroring the strides made in space technology.

As the interview concluded, both experts echoed the sentiment that India’s journey into space and defense domains is a continuous process. They emphasized the importance of collaboration with international space agencies like ESA, NASA, and Japan, emphasizing India’s role in global space exploration efforts. The experts shared a collective optimism that India’s trajectory in space technology and defense industries will continue to evolve, contributing to the nation’s growth on the world stage.

The interview shed light on India’s aspirations to be at the forefront of space exploration and defense manufacturing, echoing the nation’s commitment to harnessing its capabilities for the betterment of science, technology, and society at large.

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