India can develop space station, says ISRO chief

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman A.S Kiran Kumar on Monday said the country has the capability to develop a space station, but it needed a long-term approach and an ambitious planning.

His comment follows ISRO display of technological prowess last week by launching 104 satellites in a single mission.

“We have all the capabilities to set up a space station. The day the country takes the decision, we will ‘ok’ the project. Just draw a policy and provide us necessary funds and time,” Kiran Kumar said.

“We still talk about what would be the immediate benefits of a manned space mission. That is why the country hasn’t made up its mind about when to invest in a space station,” he said.

A long-term thinking was needed for setting up a space station, he said, adding “the sooner the better.”

Kiran Kumar said ISRO was also mulling tying up with the industry to enhance the country’s satellite launching capability. Many more satellites were needed to keep a tab on the land and weather conditions and to enhance the communication network, he said.

This would be possible with increase in the number of satellite launches, for which the country needed to enhance the basic infrastructure and reduce the cost of equipment, he added.

(Agencies)

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