India will simultaneously launch a human in space and a human in the ocean: Dr Jitendra – Latest News from Jammu and Kashmir | Tourism
NEW DELHI, June 8: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science and Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said today that India will get the unique distinction of simultaneously launching the first human space mission “Gaganyaan” as well as the first manned ocean mission in 2023.
Addressing the World Oceans Day celebrations here, Dr Jitendra Singh said the trials for the manned space and ocean missions have reached an advanced stage and the unique feat will most likely be achieved in the second half. of 2023. The Minister informed that sea trials of the 500-meter shallow-water version of the manned submersible are expected to take place in 2023, followed by MATSYA 6000, the deep-sea manned submersible which will be ready for sea trials. here the second quarter of 2024. Similarly, for Gaganyaan, the major missions namely, a test vehicle flight for the validation of the performance of the crew evacuation system and Gaganyaan’s 1st uncrewed mission ( G1) are scheduled for the 2nd half of 2022 and will be followed by a second uncrewed mission at the end of 2022 carrying “Vyommitra” a space human robot developed by ISRO and finally the first crewed Gaganyaan mission in 2023.
Dr Jitendra Singh said the government will soon unveil the “Blue Economic Policy” and added that around 40 million people will be employed by ocean industries by 2030. Referring to the Prime Minister’s speech from the ramparts of the Fort Rouge last year, in which Modi said: “The Deep Ocean mission is the result of our ambition to explore the limitless possibilities of the ocean. The mineral wealth that is hidden in the sea, the thermal energy that is in the sea water, can bring new heights to the development of the country,” the minister said, R&D and exploration activities in the ‘Amrit Kaal of the next 25 years to be a prominent feature of the Indian economy when it turns 100.
Inspired by the unlocking of the space sector and opening up the sector to private participation, Dr Jitendra Singh proposed to revive the commercial arm of the Ministry of Earth Sciences. He said marine businesses in India must reach their full potential as the oceans provide living and non-living resources, from fisheries to marine biotechnology, minerals to renewable energy. It also provides social and economic goods and services such as tourism and recreation, maritime transport and coastal security and protection, the minister added.
Expressing concern over reports such as the depletion of large fish populations by 90% and the destruction of 50% of coral reefs, Dr Jitendra Singh called for joint efforts to create a new balance with the ocean that n no longer depletes its wealth but rather restores its vibrancy and brings its new life. He said that in accordance with COP resolutions, all nations should strive to protect at least 30% of our blue planet by 2030 and added that it is very important that 30% of land, water and oceans of our planet are protected and therefore be known as 30X30.
The minister pointed out that among the world’s major ocean basins, the Indian Ocean is quite complex and challenging due to the inversion of the wind system, generally known as the Indian monsoon. The only ocean bearing the country name “India”, the regions of the northern basin of the Indian Ocean experience both the southwest and northeast monsoon system bringing lots of rain and serving as a lifeline for Indian agriculture and water resources.
Dr. Jitendra Singh reiterated the ministry’s overarching vision as “Excelling in Earth System Science to Improve Lives through World-Class Services for Weather, Climate, Ocean, Coastal and Natural Hazards; the sustainable exploitation of ocean resources and the exploration of the polar regions”.
MoES Secretary Dr. M. Ravichandran said, “India has a long coastline of 7,517 km, contributing to ecological wealth, biodiversity and economy. He said that every year, thousands of tons of waste consisting of plastics, glass, metals, sanitary products, clothes, etc. reach the oceans and plastics make up a significant portion (~60%) of the total litter that finds its way to the ocean each year.