New Delhi, February 21: After Indian Space Research Organisation ISRO’s prodigious launch of 104 satellites, European Space Agency is set to collaborate with it for future missions. ISRO’s 104 satellite launch at one go was hailed up globally as one of the remarkable space missions.
European Space Agency ESA senior scientific advisor Mark McCaughrean revealed that ESA is planning for further collaboration with ISRO for space missions. While speaking on ISRO’s record-breaking launch of 104 satellites in one go he said that it’s the precision in placing satellites and cost reduction.
After the ISRO’s 104 satellite launch India got highly noticed on global arena as ‘trendsetter’. Ironically the past sarcastic comic travelled on social media got a true backlash when India was portrayed in the way it should not. Here is the comic where India now stands as firm as any other developed nation and is globally acclaimed. Now every superpower wants to collab with India after ISRO’s successful launch.Elon Musk, Founder of Tesla too appreciated saying India’s pride is what an ISRO’s launch represents for.
During his first visit to India McCaughrean said that “ESA plans further collaboration with ISRO in various space missions. Had an informal discussion with former ISRO chairman UR Rao at Bangalore. The current ISRO chairman, AS Kiran Kumar was in a meeting in Delhi that day. Earlier, ESA had collaborated with ISRO on Chandrayaan-1 mission to Moon.” Looking forward ESA is planning 15 space missions including Bepe Colombo to Mercury in 2018 and JUICE to Jupiter in 2022, he added.
Speaking on ESA’s plan for 15 space missions, he said Bepe Colombo will be the primary probe to Mercury in 2018. It is a joint mission between ESA and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Sun’s enormous gravity poses a challenge to place the spacecraft into a stable orbit around Mercury, he said. Then, the ambitious Jupiter Icy moons Explorer (JUICE) to Jupiter in 2022. The explorer will spend at least three years making detailed observations of the giant gaseous planet Jupiter and three of its largest moons – Ganymede, Callisto and Europa.
On ESA's ongoing mission Gaia, he said, "it's an ambitious space mission to scan a six-dimensional map of our Milky Way galaxy of about one billion stars, which is about one percent of the Galactic stellar population. ESA is also preparing for Euclid mission to observe billions of galaxies, to map and measure dark matter and dark energy which constitute roughly about 80 percent of the mass of the Universe. Studies on dark matter reveal that the universe today is expanding faster than in the past. Such expansion is possible only if the universe contained enough energy to overcome gravity (the dark energy), he said.
"ESA has a program to build a gravitational wave detector by 2030, it's the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) mission to observe and measure gravitational waves directly by using laser interferometer," he added. This will help unravel the mysteries of the black holes and the universe.
ISRO’s prodigious launch