It was a recommendation that made much eagerness in the earlier decade, yet resource imperatives have kept down ISRO’s human spaceflight venture for a really long time as it doesn’t figure in the best need list.
AS Kiran Kumar, who resigned as ISRO Chairman recently, says the space organization’s need keeps on being strengthening its observation, communications, and route abilities
“At this point in time, you can say it (human space flight) is not very high on priority,” he told PTI. More than a decade ago, at a meeting convened by ISRO, scientists were highly appreciative of the study undertaken by it on such a mission and were unanimous in suggesting that it was time for the country to undertake the venture.
Such a mission, numerous space researchers stated, would consume India’s space program to another direction.
Kiran Kumar concurs, however, said sufficient assets are a key imperative. “You require resources, would it say it isn’t?”
When asked about reports that the cost of the project was estimated to be around ₹8,000 crore to ₹10,000 crore a decade ago, he said, “It’s much more than that.”
On whether the cost could have gone up to ₹20,000 crore now, Kiran Kumar said even a decade ago, it was in that range but hastened to add that he does not want to speculate and the actual cost is to be worked out.
“Right now, we need to essentially improve our ability in our fundamental capacities of perception, communications, and route,” he said. Kiran Kumar said ISRO is chipping away at a portion of the basic advances for the human spaceflight, for example, group module and condition controlled chamber.
“As you can picture, the cost required (for human spaceflight mission) will be more for the straightforward reason that there is an existence engaged with that. Along these lines, you can’t bear to go out on a limb that you would have taken if there was no life protest in the action,” he said.
“We have a limited resource, we have to utilize our assets in a way that advantages us the most. Along these lines, while mechanical undertakings for it (human space flight) are keeping, getting into the demonstration itself is reliant on what number of assets we can make accessible for it. This is the genuine issue, he included