If we are capable of making cryogenic engines, send space vehicles to the Moon and Mars and launch rockets capable of carrying nuclear weapons, why can’t we manufacture our own arms, helicopters and submarines for the country’s defence? Indigenisation can significantly reduce the corruption that can arise from such deals.
The successful launch of the GSLV-D5, coming close on the heels of the Mars orbiter operation, showcases India’s technological capability in general and highlights the Indian Space Research Organisation’s streak of innovations. It shows we are on a par with the best international minds in the field.
The United States has been mounting pressure on nations not to share cryogenic technology with India. By developing a cryogenic engine ourselves, we have taught a lesson to the U.S. In addition, this has ensured that India can save and earn foreign exchange by going commercial and offering its expertise to other nations in launching satellites. Thus, we have killed two birds with one stone.
ISRO’s list of achievements continues to grow as several successful tests and technological inductions were carried out in 2013-14. An important consequence of such progress will be the increased demand for scientists, engineers and skilled workers from among the Indian human resource pool. India is already an IT giant. Now, the leaps it has made in space technology will make it a new innovation hub. India would also do well to take a leaf out of China’s book and use its technological prowess to help its neighbours, build goodwill and boost exports.