A day before the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) voyage to the Moon's south pole, Chandrayaan-2, former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan elaborated on the historic mission and the key elements tied with the Indian space program.
The Padma Bhushan award winner extensively explained how the mission is an extension of Chandrayaan-1, compared India's space programs to that of other global countries and elaborated on the need for a governmental policy for the space program.
"Chandrayaan-2 is an extension of Chandrayaan-1. In Chandrayaan-1 we went to the lunar orbit, we dropped and crash landed, something symbolically on the lunar surface. But here in Chandrayaan-2 from the orbiter we will soft land, that is going to be the most critical part compared to Chandryaan-1."
"After it touches down, and you have what is called rover, which comes out of the lander and travels, it will travel for about 500 meters and have a limited life. This will have a communication facility with the lander and the lander will have a communication facility with the orbiter and the orbiter will be communicating to the ground. This experiment is a prelude to the further explorations in the deep space, supposedly you're trying to travel to Mars, Venus and such planets. This is probably the closest god-made satellite which you are trying to use it as a transit lounge."
"Chandrayaan-2 will enable India to understand the technology relating to particularly to a soft landing and eventually will help to go further deep. We don't know what exactly is the lunar surface, what it contains because nobody is explored it fully. In our own interest, we are trying to see what it has."
"America, Russia, and China are in the picture but we really don't know what China is trying to do because they are not regularly publishing the information. But Russia is trying to build some kind of infrastructure which will enable humans to go further. But as far as America goes, they have an organisation called NASA. NASA through private industries spends a lot of money. Now when they invest a lot of money they are expecting a lot of returns. The American government is backing them. They are trying to do so many things, they talk about tourism and travel."
"But one thing is clear, those countries are trying to explore what is maximumly available to them and profit in this business is very high. We are trying to have some start-ups in India."
"Basically the government should make its policy clear and keep it open, so eventually the money comes to India."
"The government should be told that this way you have to go. There is no point in telling that these are secrets and these are confidential that I won't open my gate and won't allow anyone coming there. We are not a defence organisation, we are a peaceful organisation. We are trying to make use of allied technologies."
"Indonesia has signed a contract with ESA (European Space Agency) to look at the areas which are damaged due to Tsunami and they want to give advice on it. But I personally feel that we are more competent to do that job, we are close to Indonasia politically and otherwise. Either we never approached them or they never approached us."