New Delhi : The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) created history on February 15 when its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) carried 104 satellites to space in a single launch.The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) created history on February 15 when its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) carried 104 satellites to space in a single launch.
HERE’S WHAT THE DAILY PRINTED
“This is perhaps the first widely followed world record India has made in the field of space technology. Indians have a reason to be proud,” the daily said.
“However, the space technology race is not mainly about the number of satellites at one go. It’s fair to say the significance of this achievement is limited. In this regard, Indian scientists know more than the Indian public, who are encouraged by media reports.”
“It’s a hard-won achievement for India to reach current space technology level with a relatively small investment. It offers food for thought for other countries. India launched a lunar probe in 2008 and ranked first among Asian countries by having an unmanned rocket orbit Mars in 2013.
“Nonetheless, the development of a country’s space technology is determined by the size of its input.
“The US space budget in 2013 was $39.3 billion, China $6.1 billion, Russia $5.3 billion, Japan $3.6 billion and India $1.2 billion.
“As India’s GDP is about one-fifth to one-fourth that of China’s, the share of investment in space technology in India’s GDP is similar to that of China’s.
“There is another figure that deserves attention. India’s defence budget is about one-third of China’s, a higher percentage of GDP than that of China.
“On the whole, India’s space technology still lags behind the US’ and China’s. It has not yet formed a complete system.
“There is no Indian astronaut in space and the country’s plan to establish a space station has not started.”IT