ISRO gearing up for space capsule recovery experiment
Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) Director S. Ramakrishnan said here on Friday that the operation would involve the launch of a spacecraft that would later re-enter the earth’s atmosphere. The capsule would be recovered from the sea off Andamans.
Dr. Ramakrishnan said the mission readiness review of the indigenous cryogenic engine was scheduled for December 28. The GSLV 2 powered by this engine was expected to be launched on January 5.
Dr. Ramakrishnan said the feedback from the Mars Orbiter Mission would help ISRO plan bigger space missions.
Earlier, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy conferred the honorary fellowship of the Kerala Academy of Sciences on three eminent scientists, namely ISRO chairman K. Radhakrishnan, executive vice-president of Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai, and outstanding scientist of CSIR-NIIST A. Ajayaghosh. M. Vijayan, IISc, Bangalore, was conferred the honorary fellowship in absentia. Mr. Chandy also conferred fellowships on 27 scientists.
He exhorted the scientific community to imbibe the spirit of enquiry and direct their research towards newer ways of making life simpler.