Sivan, also the Secretary,
ISRO has made space grade lithium-ion batteries and this technology is useful for mass adoption of electric vehicle”, he noted.
On the green propellant, Sivan said, “Even in the rocket propulsion, ISRO is developing green propulsion for its human space flight mission.
In future, all the propulsion stages may adopt green propulsion,” he said.
According to ISRO,
GSLV or a geo-stationery launch vehicle (GSLV) is a three stage rocket with a cryogenic upper stage.
The Bengaluru-headquartered space agency had planned to launch its maiden human space flight mission ‘Gaganyaan’ by December 2021.
But early this month, ISRO indicated that it is likely to be delayed by one year due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic. Addressing students through virtual platform, the ISRO chief encouraged them to take up calculated risk as it would safeguard them from ‘absolute failure.’ “You may fail, but each failure would provide a valuable lesson.
I can say with great confidence that India’s space programme has been built on spectacular failures and each failure has resulted in improvements in our system”, he said. Asking the students to innovate, Sivan said, innovation was not just having great idea on paper.
“Innovation comes with a high risk of failure. You may be called crazy. Initial outcome of innovation may be imperfect.
You must realize that you are not failing means you are not trying anything hard”, he said. Referring to the space sector reforms announced by the Centre in June, he said, “the government has already announced space sector reforms for greater participation of non- governmental entities in space activity”.
“Our next PSLV (polar satellite launch vehicle) launch will have satellite from start-up agencies which will be the first product of this reform.” he said. On the SRM Satellite ‘SRMSAT’ launched by ISRO in 2011, he said it was in ‘healthy condition’ and urged the university to come forward and make use of the space sector reform as announced by
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