News update: ISRO chairman press conference highlights

Refer TOI report for details,

1. ISRO's own student's program like that of NASA student's program.

2. Fourth stage PS-4 as orbital platform for experiments-said to be first of it's kind in world.

3. No animals in test flights, only robots.
4. Test schedule is as per my last blog entry.
5. Nothing yet decided on astronaut training in Russia or France.

6. Mission postponed till April (-May?).
7. Reasons: to increase robustness, reconfigure the lander, All systems needs re-development (?), requires tests.

8. Winged spacecraft to be tested mid-2019 for airstrip landing after launch in space.

9. To be tested this year.
10. Can be made ready by 6 people in 72 hours for launching 500 Kg payload in orbit on short notice.

11. "It is very much operational", says K.Sivan.
12. Being used "for many operators including defense sector"
13. Fishermen are using it, Govt. companies are using it "to check coal pilferage and illegal sand mining"

14. NaVIC chipset for mobile patented.
15. ISRO in talks with mobile companies for this.
16. "In a year" mobile phones in india "hopefully" have this navigation.
17. Govt. "can make it mandatory" for mobile companies.


18. "ISRO TV in 6 months"