New Delhi, April 20: Apart from sending satellites, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has now turned to the Moon to meet India energy needs. The leading Indian Space agency is now working on a plan that will help India meet its energy needs by 2030. Credited with launching 225 satellites till date, ISRO plans to mine Helium-3 rich lunar dust and to generate energy. The energy will then be transported back to Earth. As per reports by Livemint, the lunar dust mine plans were revealed by Dr Sivathanu Pillai in February.
Pillai, who is a professor at the space agency and former chief of BrahMos Aerospace while speaking at a conference in New Delhi, said that mining lunar dust was a priority programme for his organisation. To reduce pollutants and India’s fuel imports, this mission by ISRO is set to create a milestone. The plan of the lunar dust mining comes in the backdrop of India’s plan to cut down import dependence in hydrocarbons by 10 percentage points by 2022.
The theme of the study comes in the backdrop of successful testing of lithium-ion batteries developed by Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre by the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), Livemint reported. Minister of state in charge of atomic energy and space Jitendra Singh had said that technology is ready for transfer to Indian industries for undertaking the production of Li-ion batteries. In a written reply to the Lok Sabha on 29 March, he stated that BHEL has expressed interest in the transfer of technology.(ALSO READ: GSLV-Mk III-D1: ISRO to test launch four tonne capacity game-changing rocket next month)
In a major development, ISRO has developed a ‘game-changer’ launching vehicle which is capable of launching a four-tonne class of satellites. The space agency is planning to undertake the first of its kind mission next month. With its successful test launch, ISRO will become capable of launching heavier satellites for which it earlier depended on international agencies. With this, ISRO can do all the launches within the country.