Current General Studies Magazine (February 2017)
General Studies - III "Science and Technology Based
Article" (Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) made a new
record by launching 104 foreign nano satellites into outer space on February 15.
This not only underscores the space agency’s prowess, but it catapults it on the
global map as a force to reckon with.
Consider this to be a swift boost for the Indian morale to
stratospheric levels. With its 35th successful PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch
Vehicle) mission, this is a proud moment for India – its homegrown space agency
has successfully transcended the records established by Russia and the United
States. Back in 2014, Russia had sent 37 satellites in a single launch – a pale
patch in comparison to India’s recent feat.
If you look at it, ISRO has a fantastic resume: It’s the 16th
best in the global market with a commendable 94 per cent success rate. The
completion of this mission therefore not only marks a significant event in our
history, but it leads to an unbridled global publicity, drawing the attention of
the world to direct more of its business towards Antrix – ISRO’s commercial arm.
In other words, the success of this mission chiefly conveys trust – that our
space agency is not only a compelling, competitive institution, but its
remarkable success rate also strongly testifies that it can deliver.
After its establishment in 1992, Antrix (derived from the
Sanskrit word ‘antariksh’ meaning ‘space’) hit many roadblocks trying to inspire
trust in global organisations to use its services. When it made its venture to
market its launch services, the price it quoted was extremely low in comparison
to market prices. Therefore, it lead the third parties to not entirely trust
However, after 25 years, ISRO has finally emerged as a global
competitive institution with indigenous skills. Inevitably, it’s an immense
source for pride. It led Prime Minister Narendra Modi to tweet, “This remarkable
feat by @isro is yet another proud moment for our space scientific community and
the nation. India salutes our scientists”. Needless to say, the mission does
instill considerable pride in the minds of Indians.
India has to invest much more on innovative global projects
spearheaded by organisations like ISRO if it wants to inculcate a feelings of
love and respect for our country. The ISRO is proof of the fact that we can
really dominate and be ahead of the rest if we put our minds to it.