The Sun has always been a source of energy for the world. But an untapped source of power may soon be able to meet all of India’s energy requirements. And that’s the Moon.
Sivathanu Pillai, a distinguished professor at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) stated that our country can meet its energy demands through Helium-3 mined from the Moon. By 2030, this process target will be met," Pillai said while delivering the valedictory address at the three-day ORF-Kalpana Chawla Space Policy Dialogue, organized by Observer Research Foundation.
The former chief of BrahMos Aerospace, Pillai also stated that lunar dust is rich in Helium-3 and mining it was a priority programme for the ISRO. "In a few decades, people will be going to the moon for honeymoon," Pillai said.
Other countries will also be working on the project. There is a lot of helium on the moon, which can suffice the energy requirement for the whole world. Creating low cost access to Moon and developing multi-purpose and reusable vehicles can also help in a big way - mining in planets and space tourism.
According to ANI, Lt Gen P M Bali, Director General, Perspective Planning, Indian Army said that the the launch of GSAT-7, India's first dedicated military satellite, is a testimony to the country's outlook towards using the outer space for the national security.
He also said that India has one of the largest constellations of communication and remote sensing satellites in the world and covers Asia Pacific. He says, “Although India continued with a civilian orientation to its space programme, it requires to develop military assets in space and on ground as an emerging regional and global power because of the changing regional and global realities.”