India nowhere less than China in arena of space: Isro
NEW DELHI: India is nowhere less than China in the arena of space, and after the success of human space mission project 'Gaganyaan', it will be equal to its neighbour in all aspects related to the field, Isro chairman K Sivan said Friday.
新德里: 印度空间研究组织(Isro)主席K Sivan上周五表示，印度在太空领域的实力绝不亚于中国，在载人航天项目“Gaganyaan”取得成功后，印度将在与该领域相关的各个方面和中国不相伯仲。
This month, Chang'e 4, the first Chinese mission to land on and explore the Moon's far side facing away from Earth, carried instruments to analyse the region's geology.
India also has an ambitious mission, Chandrayaan-2, to land on Moon's South Pole, a region unexplored by any country so far, Sivan said.
The plan was to initially launch the mission in April last year, but it has now been postponed to the first quarter of this year.
"We are nowhere less than China," Sivan said in response to a question that sought to draw a parallel between the two space-faring Asian countries.
He added that India was at par in regards to launch vehicles and spacecraft.
India has announced that 'Gaganyaan' will take off by 2022, while China launched its first manned space mission in 2003.
"They had the human space capability, which we did not have, but once we have a successful Gaganyaan project by 2022, we will be equal to them in all aspects," Sivan said.
India and China are two major space-faring giants. While India has launched the South Asian satellite as a gift to its neighbours, China too has been actively engaged with Pakistan and Sri Lanka in these areas.
Sivan said after the launch of South Asian satellite in 2017, Nepal has started using it for broadcasting television in remote and far-flung places "where people have said they have seen television for the first time" with the help of the satellite.
Elucidating the reasons for Chandrayaan-2 launch delay, he said during the National Experts Review in February last year, it was found that it needed to be improved in terms of robustness.
"Because of the constraints due to the size of the satellite, they cut down many systems. Experts felt that it was a very important mission and we have to increase the robustness. So, the satellite was reconfigured to take care of the improvements. With that, the schedule was December (2018) to January (2019)
"Since all systems are new and we have to go through testing process and we found that testing was not complete and we're not able to meet the February 2019 schedule. The next available slot was April 2019," he said.
Responding to another question on NaVIC, India's own GPS, he said the armed forces have started using the indigenously developed system.
Bculas - 14 hours ago -Follow
Mr Siva you need to be more transparent. Give credit where it is due. China sent spacemen in 2003, way before we even thought of it. Their most powerful rockets leave us standing. Their sky lab is really ahead of us. So what are you comparing a horse to a donkey? Your achievements are good by indian standards. we have a long long way to go before we catch up with the chinese. Dont make statements that will make people laugh the world over- be humble and let others praise us instead of self pomp and ..
Malaikallan N - Malappuram - 14 hours ago -Follow
Be proud India is home developed expertise, but China is stolen technology by their men who took the Americans for a ride. Just like A.K. Khan that scum who betrayed his employers.
Rajendra - 14 hours ago -Follow
India has Modi. It is enough.
Newlearn - 14 hours ago -Follow
Truth is India 25 years behind China in Space exploration & tech. In another 10 years the gap will be much wider beyond any comparison!!
Mukesh - 12 hours ago -Follow
This statement from Siva is a testimony that ISRO is far behind CNSA. Here is why:
- China has a space station, India - NO
- China has did human space flight decades ago, India - NO
- China has 3x more powerful rockets than India. Rocket Long March 5 can lift 25 tons, whereas GSLV M3 can lift only 8 tons.
- India does not have thermal and passive microwave radiometer satellites; ISRO does not have, not even planning.
I can count many other things...Let us accept our shortcomings and work on them. We cannot dupe the world.
Familypoliticalbusinessfirst - 14 hours ago -Follow
Not enough. Chin is building fast!
Jumla Expert - 12 hours ago -Follow
Indians talk a lot. Even this ISRO Chief. You will never Chinese talking like this. Talk less Work More.
Jim Raynor - 14 hours ago -Follow
The only difference is China has larger Budget
Rajesh Singhal - 14 hours ago -Follow
The landing of the China craft on the far side of the moon, is an encouragement and a challenge for the ISRO scientists. At times, China has misfired from its launch pad which had never happened with ISRO. It is not a question of pride but is actually a matter of confidence that we have developed
matt - Ch - 13 hours ago
Shivan should control his emotions, good that India is doing well in Space. First of all Indias Budget is far less than China. China is very good at stealing technology from the US. One good example is Mars lander, which China is planning to send. In any case, India''s progress depends on Modi remaining PM for another term at least. If RG or other clowns become PM it may not good for Indias success in space or defense
Bharath Reddy - 13 hours ago -Follow
Forget Make in India we cant even produce low quality Chinese goods.
Vihin - Nihiv - 12 hours ago -Follow
I think this man does not know that China operates its own space station which also known as Chinese large modular space station or Tiangong.
Amiyakumar Mahapatra - Pune - 13 hours ago -Follow
We proud as indin, Many Thanks to SHIVAN
The_Dr - 14 hours ago -Follow
We are Even better than the Chinese in Space programs... Our Space programs are outcome of the hard work and Dedication of our Scientists ...But Chinese usually copy / steal other countries'' tech and portray it as their Inventions and Achievements... .
ISRO is probably the only Govt run Institution which has People''s faith in It....
India is Proud of you, ISRO..
Pradip Kumar Shome - Chennai - 14 hours ago -Follow
There is no comparison of space program in between India and China. Our program is entirely different than Chinese. Moreover, China outright procured Soyuz program lock, stock and barrel from Boris Yeltsin''s Russia at considerable low price and started their space program. whereas India''s program is made out of scratch. As for an example India could send a satellite to Mars that is rotating on Mars space where is Chinese one?
Ulhas - Navi Mumbai - 14 hours ago -Follow
It's good to be AMBITIOUS, but one also has to be REALISTIC.
Bhrath Reddy - 13 hours ago -Follow
Show one good quality Make In India product that is respected all over the world?
He he he he
bornagain100 - 14 hours ago -Follow
Don''t speak, don''t boast, don''t tell. Just do.
Bharath Reddy - 13 hours ago -Follow
The only thing India is good at is Chuutiyaaaaaaaa Banana. Its a dumping ground for Chinese low quality goods.
nowhere India - USA - 14 hours ago
India nowhere less than anybody in boasting and bragging. In fact, the undisputed King.
Gaana - 14 hours ago -Follow
Siddhartha - Kolkata - 9 hours ago
Ok. You the chairman of ISRO. Like you, I am not a rocket scientist. However, What China did in 2003, you are going to accomplish in 2022. So who is ahead?
Siv Sarkar - 10 hours ago -Follow
No! India is NOT less than China. India is more than China.
Jai Hindi - 12 hours ago -Follow
Mr. Sivan is forged in the coals and smoke of India world class universities. Sivan is the true face of India with brains not to mention fair and handsome. A true Aryan.
Dead - Listen - 14 hours ago -Follow
Proud of you...ISRO....
Narendra - 14 hours ago -Follow
Not China, India should mot be less than NASA