France has honoured K. Kasturirangan with its highest civilian award, ‘Officer of the Legion D’Honneur’, describing him as one of the most outstanding space scientists of the world. France has honoured him with its highest civilian award, ‘Officer of the Legion D’Honneur’.
The French government has described him as one of the most outstanding space scientists of the world, who has contributed a lot to the advancement of space exploration in India, and was also an important bridge in Indo-French relations.
In fact, the PSLV, used to launch remote sensing satellites, has been modified by the ISRO so much that it has enough energy to travel to the moon by itself. India is now going for specialist satellites rather than multipurpose INSAT satellites which combine communication, broadcasting and meteorology.
By intelligent use of energy from the satellite launcher, Kasturirangan has proved that Indian vehicles can carry bigger payloads. The Metsat, weighing 1,050 kg, was successfully placed in a near geo-synchronous orbit. He feels India can launch a mammoth three-tonne satellite to the lower orbit with the improvements in the PSLV. “By firing the additional rockets, it could travel to 100 km above the moon’s surface,” he said.