Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chief K Sivan announced during a press conference that the space agency is looking to launch 'Young Scientists programme’. In this program, three students from each state will be selected. The selected candidates will be given training and access to research and development labs. The programme is being launched with a purpose to provide practical knowledge to the students so that they can gain practical experiences in building satellites. This was the second press conference in two weeks where ISRO Chief K Sivan shared detailed plans about the upcoming projects.
He said, “ISRO is launching a 1-month Young Scientists program, under this program, 3 students from each state will be selected, they will be taught and given access to research and development labs giving them practical experience in building satellites’’.
Earlier, K Sivan revealed that the target for two unmanned missions to space is scheduled for December 2020 and July 2021. He also shared that ISRO’s target for a crewed mission to space is December 2021.
Some of the main points discussed from the last week’s press conference includes the reusable launch vehicle from ISRO which will have a test launch later in the year. A total of 32 missions are planned for the year 2019 which will have 14 rockets, 17 satellites, and one tech demo mission.
Another important news which was shared in the last week’s press conference was that ISRO will train both men and women for the Gaganyaan mission.
K Sivan said, "The initial training for Gaganyaan will be done in India and advanced training may be in Russia. Women astronauts will be there on the team. That's our aim. "Regarding Chandrayaan-2 schedule, right now Chandrayaan is scheduled from March 25 to April end. Most probably, the normal targeted date is April middle’’.
According to the sources, the agency is also planning to invest Rs 9,000-crore budget and its time towards the Gaganyaan mission this year putting together rockets and life support systems in preparation for two test flights in 2020.