Young Scientists Programme announced by ISRO for Students
This year for the first time, ISRO has announced the ‘Young Scientists Programme’ to encourage and motivate the scientific talent and increase scientific pool in the country.
Under Young Scientists Programme, 3 students from each State and UT will be selected for ISRO programme for one month during which they will visit ISRO centres, interact with senior scientists and will have access to Research and Development facilities. All the expenses of traveling and boarding will be borne by ISRO.
On 18th January, while addressing a press conference ISRO Chairman, Dr. K Sivan shared information about the launch window for Chandravaan and about the missions planned for this year.
The Chairman told audience the launch window for Chandravaan-2 is March 25 - April 30 this year. He said that ISRO has planned 32 missions this year. Dr. K Sivan shared the priority areas of ISRO, which includes Gaganyaan project, reaching out to students, outreach programmes, planned missions of this year and Vikram Sarabhai Centenary celebrations. Elaborating on the outreach programmes, Dr. Sivan said that this year ISRO has initiated ‘Samvad with students’ programme where ISRO chairman meets the students during his outstation visits and address their queries and quench the scientific thrust. The youth have boundless energy and endless curiosity, he added.
Speaking on the Gaganyaan project, the Chairman told the press that
- first unmanned space flight will be launched by December 2020,
- second unmanned mission by July 2021 and a first manned mission by December 2021.
He said that Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC) has been set up for Gaganyaan project. Elaborating on the upcoming Missions in 2019, he mentioned about Reusable Launch Vehicle Technology which will be demonstrated this year where the helicopter will take a shuttle to a height and then will be dropped and will land automatically on the runaway. This will help in saving the costs involved in launch vehicles, he added. He said that Small Satellite Launch Vehicle’s First flight will be in July 2019, which can carry payload up to 500 kg.
ISRO Chairman said that 9 student satellites have been launched by ISRO till date and KALAMSAT will be launched by PSLV-C44 on 24th January this year. He also spoke on other future projects including GSAT-20, RISAT and GMAT series of satellite.
The year-long Centenary Celebrations of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai will commence from 12th August 2019. Various national & international events will be organized to honor the father of Indian Space programme. Satish Dhawan Centre for Space Sciences was inaugurated in Jammu, he added.
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News Source: Press Information Bureau