On Wednesday, Kiran Kumar, the Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), while speaking at an inaugural talk at Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), has said that the next step in space exploration would be to start looking for signs of life on Mars. Moreover, according to him, experts need to start investigation the resources on the Red Planet that could support life. Apart from this, when it comes to space exploration, experts should start coming up with solution for various problems that might appear.
At the same vent, he said that ISRO is already currently building reusable launch vehicles. Apart from this, they are also building new technologies for interplanetary missions. According to Kumar, they came up with the idea of reusable vehicles in order to reduce the costs for the launch of different vehicles. They also want to begin carrying objects in multiple vehicles and in multiple launches instead of filling one vehicle.
Kiran Kumar has big plans for the future
The PRL has recently organized a three-day brainstorming session which has the aim to encourage researchers and academicians to discuss their views on space exploration between the years 2020 and 2060. There, they are able to present and discuss the latest innovations and trends. Also, they can exchange certain results, research and opinions when it comes to exploration and planetary sciences.
It seems like more and more institutions, both old and newer ones, are establishing astronomy departments. As for the reusable launch vehicles (RLV), those are launch systems from which scientists can recover some or all of their components. Those components will then be reused for future missions therefore decreasing the costs of a new vehicle every time.
NASA’s Space Shuttle was the first attempt to create a RLV. However, until now, none of those vehicles have been completely reusable.
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