COIMBATORE: The ISRO would launch at least one satellite every month in the forthcoming days, said Mylswamy Annadurai, the man behind the moon mission ‘Chandrayaan-1’, and current Director of ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC), on Friday.
Speaking at a conference on ‘Remote Sensor and Satellite Communication’ sponsored by ISRO, Mylswamy said that Chandrayaan-1 is the 69th satellite launched towards the moon, and the first by India following the USA, Russia, Japan, China and the European Union. He added that Chandrayaan-1 is the first satellite to confirm the presence of traces of water in the moon.
Mylswamy said, “Currently, 10 Indian satellites are revolving around the earth in an effort to search for mineral resources underneath the surface of the earth. The United States needed five attempts and Russia (including the erstwhile USSR) needed nine attempts to reach Mars. China and Japan are yet to succeed in their mission to reach Mars, but India succeeded at the very first attempt itself, that too with indigenous and less expensive technology.”
“The reason for Mission on Mars (MoM) being less expensive is because the satellite was launched in such a way that it used very less fuel during its travel time of nine months, and was made to move along the force of gravity of the earth, as choosing a linear path may consume more fuel,” he added.
“The only thing scientists need to do is to increase the speed of the satellite at the right time in the right direction, using Remote Sensing and Satellite Communication technologies,” he stressed.
He shared his experience of how he started his career in ISRO in 1982 with a satellite at an altitude of 400 km from the earth’s surface, and now having reached the moon at a distance of nearly four lakh kilometres.
Mylswamy, in his speech, told that life will become a poem, if we do things with passion and interest. He pointed out that it is the right time for India to grow, as majority of the population comprises of youth.
During an interactive session, he mentioned that there is no need for an inferiority feeling for women in the field of space research and technology, as long as they prove their talent. He proudly mentioned that scientist Valarmathi, who has been awarded Abdul Kalam award by the Government of Tamil Nadu, was his junior.
Fondly recalling his memories with Abdul Kalam, Mylswamy said that when everybody used to appreciate his achievements, Kalam used to ask him “What next?”, which encouraged him to do more. Mylswamy is also Project Director of Chandrayaan-2, which is set to be launched by the end of 2017 or by early 2018.