Amid pressure on the border with China, veteran space scientist G Madhavan Nair on Friday mentioned India ought to ramp up its space assets and improve protection of the area to maintain tempo with the altering occasions. In an interview to PTI, he mentioned in nearly all areas of security-related actions, the space — earth commentary, communication and digital intelligence, amongst different issues — performs a really main function.
“The Chinese side, as far as I understand, have multiplied the number of radar imaging satellites, earth observation satellites and communication satellites several fold so that they can have continuous coverage of the globe. So, they will get all kinds of information from their constellation (of satellites)”, Nair mentioned.
“Leave alone the global coverage, at least across the border, India should have a plan to have continuous coverage”, the previous Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) mentioned. He famous that India has demonstrated its functionality by launching satellites in varied fields.
“Now, there has to be a deployment plan for providing continuous coverage. That is very much needed by the country. Certainly there is a need for multiplying the number of satellites, earth stations and so on. So this needs to be attended to,” the acclaimed scientist mentioned.
Speaking usually phrases, Nair, who had additionally served as Secretary within the Department of Space and Chairman of Space Commission, mentioned space would play a major function in future wars. “Whether it’s earth observation, electronic intelligence, communications, and also coordinating with various resources like ships, aircraft, drones and all those things, the space will play a very major role”, he noticed.
Protecting space assets goes to be a giant problem in future. Space technology-wise, India is on par with China, besides within the space of human space-flight, he mentioned however famous — referring to the ‘Gaganyaan’ enterprise — that work on endeavor such manned missions is already on within the nation.
“But Chinese pump in lot of resources (in the area of space). Their budget is nearly five times more than India’s annual space budget”, Nair mentioned. “They (China) take an integrated view of civilian and defence requirements,” added Nair, throughout whose tenure of six years (2003-2OO9) as Chairman, ISRO/Secretary, DOS, 25 profitable missions have been achieved.