New Delhi: The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh announced in Lok Sabha today that “Chandrayaan-2”, India’s Lunar Probe, will land on the surface of moon in 2017 and, among other things, it will explore the possibilities of extra-terrestrial life there. Similarly, India’s landmark Solar Mission “Aditya-L1” is to be launched in 2019, he informed.
Lauding the glorious achievements of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) during the last one year, Dr Jitendra Singh informed about the successful launch of six Singapore satellites from Sriharikota to mark the Golden Jubilee of the independence of the Republic of Singapore. He further informed that this launch was agreed upon on commercial basis and the government of Singapore has paid 26 million euros for it.
In an elaborate reply to a question, Dr Jitendra Singh said, under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the past one year has been a year of glory, not only because it placed India as a frontline nation in the field of space technology, but also because India’s space programme emerged as true example of Prime Minister’s “Make in India” mission. He said that soon after the swearing-in ceremony of the present government, the Prime Minister visited Sriharikota to witness the launch on June 30, 2014 and the IRNSS (Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System) series of seven satellites, when completed by March 2016, will offer navigation inputs to all the neighbouring countries of South Asia. Similarly, the images sent from the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) are now being shared by even the most developed countries of the world, he added.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that the most significant achievement of the last 18 months of the present government is that it had firmly established India as an important player in the space market. He disclosed that till now, India had earned 17.17 million US Dollars and 17.98 million Euros from the launch of foreign satellites while 4.5 million US Dollars and 64 million Euros respectively had been committed as a payment for the future launching of foreign satellites which are in pipeline.