Mining Helium-rich lunar dust is a priority programme for the Indian Space Research Organisation and India could be able to meet its entire energy requirements with the resources from the moon by 2030 said Dr. Sivathanu Pillai, Professor of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) which successfully created a world record in the space arena by sending 104 satellites in a single rocket, The cost of the launch was only US$ 15 million.
“By 2030, this process target will be met,” Mr Pillai said while delivering the valedictory address at the three-day Observer Research Foundation (ORF)-Kalpana Chawla Space Policy Dialogue, organised by ORF.
Pillai said mining lunar dust, which is rich in Helium 3, is a priority programme for his organisation. He said other countries as well are also working on this project and there is enough Helium in Moon which can meet the energy requirements of the whole world.
He said they are planning the whole of process of mining Helium in the Moon, producing energy and transporting it back to earth.
Pillai said creating low cost access to Moon and developing multi-purpose and reusable vehicles will help in a big way mining in planets and space tourism.
Lt Gen P M Bali, Director General, Perspective Planning, Indian Army, said the launch of GSAT-7, India’s first dedicated military satellite, is a testimony to the country’s outlook towards using the outer space for the national security.
He noted that India possesses one of the largest constellations of communication and remote sensing satellites, covering Asia Pacific.