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PM: Why did Isro fail to spot crash site?

Posted by on May 10, 2011 0 Comment

Senior scientists of the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro), led by its chairman K. Radhakrishnan, possibly faced some uncomfortable moments on Monday during a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. For the PM chose to grill them on the inability of Isro to locate the crashed helicopter of Arunachal Pradesh chief minister.

The government had sought Isro help to locate the CM’s copter after it went missing during a flight from Tawang to Itanagar. However, Isro satellites were unable to be of any help with local villagers finally locating the crashed copter.

The copter, which had crashed on April 30, could only be found four days later. The delay in locating the crashed copter had created considerable anger and resentment among the people of Arunachal Pradesh.

Ironically, Dr Radhakrishnan and his team had gone to meet the PM to present to him the high quality imageries acquired from India’s advanced remote-sensing satellite RESOURCESAT-2, launched recently by PSLV-C16.

During the meeting, they were reportedly asked how satellites were unable to locate the crashed copter. The scientists reportedly explained to the PM that they were unable to pin-point the exact location as the satellites were conducting the search in another area. However, there was a silver lining to the meeting for the scientists as the PM congratulated them for the successful launch of three satellites by PSLV last month. Asian Age

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