New Delhi: It is Confirmed! India will launch one rocket every month in 2018 from Andhra Pradesh's spaceport at Sriharikota.
"We are planning to have at least one launch mission a month in 2018 to deploy satellites in the earth's orbit for various applications," said Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman AS Kiran Kumar.
According to Kumar, there has been an increase in the budget in view of the missions.
"For 2018-19 and 2019-20 financial years, we are looking to receive increased budgets from the country in view of the missions," he told media on the sidelines of the inauguration of a Gallery on Space Technology at the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum in Bengaluru.
The Indian Space of Research Organisation (ISRO) was given a budget of about Rs 9,000 crore for 2017-18.
The first of the missions ahead is likely to be the launch of Cartosat-2E remote-sensing spacecraft along with 28 nano and micro-satellites in early January if delayed from December end.
There are still a lot of discussions that are going on with TeamIndus regarding the launch," the ISRO chief said.
Adressing a gathering of students at the opening of the space technology gallery, Kiran Kumar said, "You're at the prime moment where India as a country is surging ahead. India has got every potential to be the number one in the world, for which each of you must put in your best efforts."
"It is never too late to do anything in science and technology. We can always make a mark. When we put in our best efforts, no one can beat us," the ISRO head asserted.
Former ISRO Chairman and National Education Policy Committee Chairman K Kasturirangan, and National Council for Science Museums Director General AS Manekar were also present at the event.