Scientists at Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have worked very hard and have invested more than 18 hours a day for the Chandryaan and iconic Mangalyaan missions. Their tireless efforts in making those missions a success story are commendable as well as inspirational, said Ex ISRO chief K. Radhakrishnan while addressing students and professors at the IIT Bombay Techfest.
He further added that sending a probe to the moon in the maiden attempt is a very daunting task and more than 60 percent of the space agencies have failed to so. However, Indian space agency analysed mistakes from all previous 51 lunar missions and learnt from each of those mistakes. After years of research and hard work, scientists and engineers at ISRO succeeded in sending the Chandrayaan in its very first attempt.
India’s lunar probe was an autonomous spacecraft and ensuring that the satellite takes right decision every time was the most difficult problem in front of researchers as even the slightest of the mistake could have ruined the million dollar mission. Scientists used a very high-level advanced algorithm and applied artificial intelligence that enabled the probe to act rightly in adverse conditions.
“The distance between national shame and national fame was very less.” Highlighting the criticism faced by India for the project, he said everyone kept asking why India should it take up the Rs. 450 crore project? However, what happened after the success of the mission isn’t hidden from anyone.
The fame and prestige that Mangalyaan brought to India and ISRO are immense. ISRO won Space pioneer award 2015 for Mars Orbiter Mission. Several foreign space agencies are looking forward towards ISRO for their space missions. What’s striking is ISRO has already assisted in the launch of 51 foreign satellites. India has become a role model in space application and all of this has been made possible due to the efforts of scientists and engineers at ISRO.