Next ISRO launch in July-August: Nair

"It will be a unique mission and the satellite would enable us to study the sea surface, wind and also track down the fishing zones," Nair told reporters on the sidelines of a national seminar on 'Aerospace Expanding Frontiers-Technologies and Challenges' here.

"We are planning the mission by July end or early August from the launch pad in Sriharikota," he said.

"Chandrayaan has completed its mission and it was a 100 per cent success," Nair said when asked about the country's first moon-mission.

"We have mapped the entire lunar surface and the data collected have been given to scientific community for analysing, results of which will be out soon," he said.

Nair said no trace of water was found on the Moon's surface. "But, we have found traces of magnesium and calcium."

Earlier, inaugurating the seminar, Nair said country would be capable of developing its own 'Capsule' to transport human beings to space by 2015.

'Space Travel' is an important part of ISRO's future mission programmes, Nair said, adding developing technology for the same was a big challenge before the country.

The successful launch of 'Space Capsule re-entry experiment' in 2007 was a first step towards achieving the goal for taking humans to space, he said.

He stressed the need for co-ordination among different organisations working in space and aeronautics so that the country could venture into 'Civilian Aircraft Programme'.

Nair said there was a need to strengthen aerospace education in the country to bring out "quality products".

Speaking on the occasion, Indian Institute of Space Technology Director B N Suresh also stressed the need for developing more system engineers in the country.

Suresh said India was emerging as a major aerospace power and has successfully achieved near total self-reliance in the development of several aerospace systems like launch vehicles, satellites, missile technologies and fighter aircraft.

In the coming decade, the country's aerospace endeavour will envisage accelerated pace of technological development particularly in the areas of realisation of state-of-the art civil aircraft, human space flight and sophisticated missile technologies, Suresh, former Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, said.

The two-day seminar was organised by Aeronautical Society of India, Thiruvananthapuram.

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