Chennai, July 13 : Formedr ISRO Chairman Dr K Radhakrishnan on Saturday said “Chandrayaan-2, with an Indian Lander-Rover combine, is India’s first step in Robotic Space Exploration, and the entire Nation was looking towards it.
Delivering the seventh Convocation address at the Indian Institute of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing (IIITDM) Kancheepuram, he said obviously, this mission was more intricate. 'The Lunar lander orbiting Moon at a speed of around 6,000 kmph, must have the autonomous capability to brake its speed and steer itself for a soft and safe landing in an uncharted terrain of Moon, that too precisely at a designated site', he said.
Moreover, all these operations would happen within 16 minutes and the landing site also has to be ascertained by itself while on its descent. The entire nation is looking towards it, he added.
Stating that the Indian Space Agency offers tremendous opportunities for students, Dr Radhakrishnan said “India is on the threshold of human spaceflight and complex interplanetary exploration which will open up enormous challenges and host of opportunities to the new generation.'
'India has mastered the complex technologies and achieved self-reliance in access to the outer space. All Indian satellites, except a few heavy communication satellites, are launched by the Indian launchers. Also, we have launched close to 300 satellites for 33 countries on a commercial basis', he said. These accomplishments signify India’s capabilities to conceive, design, manufacture and deploy complex and large high technology systems on an end-to-end basis and confluence of ISRO and Indian space industry for enhancing capability and capacity,” he said.
A total of 288 students graduated on the occasion. Of this, 118 are B.Tech, 116 Dual degree, 41 M.Tech, and 13 Ph.D students. As many as 32 per cent of the graduands of this batch were girl students. (UNI)