KOCHI: G Madhavan Nair, former chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization (Isro), has said that one reason why India’s premier space organization could make strides in space technology at a fraction of cost incurred by Nasa, was because they tried to develop most of the crucial components on its own
Delivering the fourth G Viswanathan Memorial Lecture here on Monday, Nair said Isro outsourced only smaller components and this helped them reduce the cost. He emphasized the need for making space technology useful for the common man. There was an interaction section towards the end of the programme in which Nair fielded questions from the audience. The lecture was organized by Rotary Club of Cochin East in association with the Institution of Engineers (India) and Kerala Brahmana Sabha. Late G Viswanathan, who passed away in 2013, was associated with all the three organizations in various capacities. The inaugural GV memorial lecture in 2014 was delivered by diplomat Venu Rajamony. The second and third memorial lectures were delivered by P C Syriac and M S Valiathan respectively. Rotarian Aby Easo, president, Rotary Club of Cochin East welcomed the gathering. Felicitations were offered by R Madhav Chandran, G Madhu and P A Sadashivan.