ISRO to Launch TV Channel
- 13 Aug 2018
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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will have have a year-long centenary programme to honour its legendary founding father and space pioneer, Vikram Sarabhai
- As a tribute to Sarabhai, the ISRO has also decided to roll out a dedicated TV channel showcasing space applications and science issues to educate the youngsters in remote areas of the country.
- Its tribute to Sarabhai starts with naming the first Indian Moon landing spacecraft of the Chandrayana-2 mission ‘Vikram’. The mission is slated to take place in January 2019.
- According to ISRO Chief Dr Kailasavadivoo Sivan “ISRO will further initiate capacity building programmes for students from class 8 to 10 to inculcate scientific temper among them”.
- The space agency will select students and organise training camps for 25 to 30 days and during this period the students will be allowed to visit the laboratory and make their small satellite.
- ISRO is also planning to set up six incubation centres across the country for startups with ideas in the field of space technology. Technology cells would be started for industry and academia to improve the existing linkages.
Note: Vikram Sarabhai
- Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai, (born August 12, 1919, Ahmadabad, India—died December 30, 1971, Kovalam), is an Indian physicist and industrialist who initiated space research and helped develop nuclear power in India.
- Remembered as the founding father of the Indian space programme, Sarabhai set up the Physical Research laboratory in his hometown in Ahmedabad in 1947 which was a precursor to the ISRO.
- After the death of physicist Homi Bhabha in 1966, Sarabhai was appointed the chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission of India.
- Sarabhai was awarded two of India’s highest honours, the Padma Bhushan (1966) and the Padma Vibhushan (awarded posthumously in 1972).