Sriharikota, Mar 30: The space science is always fascinating everyone. The rockets, satellites and all other space goodies are the favorites for children. With the view of more accessibility to the ISRO’s activity, for the first time, ISRO opens doors for people to watch live rocket launches.
Until now, the selected and only official and authorized people have the honor to witness the launch from Sriharikota. The project launch is always the treat for eyes, so for the first time, commoners are also going to enjoy this treat.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is, for the first time, opening its launch complex at Sriharikota to common people to come and view rocket launches live.
ISRO spokesperson Vivek Singh said, “adequate precautions have been taken and the range safety requirements have been considered when locating the viewing gallery”.
A new stadium with a capacity to accommodate 5,000 people has been created on the island of Sriharikota inside Satish Dhawan Space Centre.
For the entry, the only requirement is a government-recognized photo identification document.
This activity is part of ISRO Chairman K Sivan's vision of making space technology accessible to every Indian. He says his hope is when people view a rocket launch, at least some will be enthused to join the Indian space programme.
Only Indians will be allowed to enter and the facility will soon be expanded to accommodate up to 10,000 people. This is part of the space theme park being made at the space center, which will include a space museum and a large display of Indian rockets.
People can view the April 1 launch of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle scheduled to lift off at 9:30 am carrying the EMI satellite. This will be the 47th mission of ISRO's workhorse rocket that will hoist 29 satellites in space.