DRDO Chief dreams of staying in other planets

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    The day is not far when humans will inhabit other planets, said Mr T. Sivathanu Pillai, chief controller (research and development), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), and chief executive officer, BrahMos Aerospace, here on Monday.

    Delivering the keynote address at the national symposium on shockwaves at Periyar Maniammai University (PMU), Mr Pillai said it was like a child moving out of the cradle. “Children live in the cradle initially. Later they move out. Similarly, man will explore space to live,” he said.

    There are planets like Kepler22h and Gliesen667c which have the same temperatures as earth. “Man can move to these planets to live and come back to earth on a holiday,” he said. These planets are outside the solar system and are at a distance of 122 light years. “But, the human race can go and live there. These are potentially habitable planets,” he pointed out.

    Mr Pillai said the next Chandrayaan mission would be to send a Rover to explore the materials on the moon.

    The Rover would land on the moon through a space vehicle, collect materials and bring it back for research and analysis. A manned mission to the moon from India has been scheduled for 2014.

    “The moon has materials like helium which can be mined. It will become a hub in the future for launching vehicles and mining,” said Mr Pillai.

    He added that India had become self-reliant in launching vehicles and satellites. It was self-reliant in re-entry missions too.

    “Re-entry from space is important. Kalpana Chawla died at the time of re-entry. India has carried out a lot of research,” he explained adding that India was a leader in cruise missiles. Agni and Prithvi are ballistic missiles while BrahMos is a cruise missile.

    Mr K.P.J. Reddy, president, International Space Weather Initiative (ISWI) and Society for Shockwave Research (SSWR), Department of Aerospace Engineering, IISc, Bengaluru, and Mr G. Jagadeesh, secretary, SSWR, IISc Bengaluru, spoke at the occasion.

    PMU vice-chancellor Mr N. Ramachandran welcomed the gathering while Mr T.R. Prabakaran, organising secretary of the symposium, proposed the vote of thanks.

    DRDO chief foresees home in other planets | Deccan Chronicle

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