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Gaganyaan: ISRO to send Indian astronaut in its own rocket by 2021, says K Sivan

While addressing the eighth convocation of IIT, Bhubaneswar, K Sivan said that the plan to make a soft landing on the lunar surface by Chandrayaan-2's 'Vikram' module did not go as per script but it will not have any bearing with on ISRO's Gaganyaan mission.

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New Delhi Updated on: September 22, 2019 11:14 IST
K Sivan, chairman of ISRO
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K Sivan, chairman of ISRO

ISRO's moon mission Chandrayaan 2 might not have been a complete success but the Indian space agency is determined to work for the advancement of the country's space technology. K Sivan, chairman of ISRO on Saturday announced that India is moving ahead to meet its target of sending a man to space by December 2021.

While addressing the eighth convocation of IIT, Bhubaneswar, K Sivan said that the plan to make a soft landing on the lunar surface by Chandrayaan-2's 'Vikram' module did not go as per script but it will not have any bearing with on ISRO's Gaganyaan mission. 

Speaking about ISRO's upcoming missions, he said, "By December 2020, we will have our first unmanned mission of human spaceplane. The second unmanned human space plane, we target for July 2021,"

"By December 2021, the first Indian will be carried by our own rocket ... This is the target ISRO is working for," he said amidst loud clapping by the audience.

The Gaganyaan mission is extremely important for India as it will boost the science and technology capability of the country. "Therefore, we are working on a new target," he added.

Stressing on innovation, he said it comes from a high level of risk and failure. "I need not tell you how many times Edison failed in inventing the light bulb or how many times ISRO failed in the launch of our launch vehicles. But this failure did not become an obstacle. We (ISRO) use these failures as learning opportunities," the ISRO chief said.

Sivan told the gathering "Dr Kalam said your dream or idea must not make you sleep. Get inspired by great leaders, but do not try to emulate them. You have to come out with original solutions and not a copy of somebody else's idea.

If you want to become a Dr Kalam, do not chase his hair style.

You follow his idea and the message he gave".

Stating Chandrayaan-2's orbiter will give data for seven and half years, all technologies of ISRO's moon mission have proved accurate except for the soft landing. "Is not it a success ?" he asked.

Sivan asked students to take calculated risks and innovate. "If you are not taking a chance, there is no chance of achieving anything significant in life. Take calculated risks. When you take calculated risks, you save yourself from problematic areas".

The space scientist said while the country may be perceived poor by many people it occupies the first position in the world for sending remote sensing satellites.

Despite the progress made over the last half a century, there are many unsolved issues of poverty and hunger, health and sanitation and clean drinking water, he said and called upon IITians to come forward to help solve them.

"As Gandhiji said local problems need local solutions," Sivan added.

Prof R V Raja Kumar, Director of IIT Bhubaneswar presided over the function in which degrees were conferred to 32 Ph.d, 105 M Tech, 67 M Sc and 152 B Tech students.

(With inputs from PTI)

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