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How more than 1600 space applications revolutionised our lives?

A. S. Kiran Kumar takes over as the Secretary, Department of Space, Chairman, Space Commission and Chairman, ISRO on January 14, 2015. (PIB Photo)

A. S. Kiran Kumar takes over as the Secretary, Department of Space, Chairman, Space Commission and Chairman, ISRO on January 14, 2015. (PIB Photo)

From home-based BP machines to camera pixels to hi-fi MRI and CAT scans, more than 1,600 applications originally developed for space applications have made their way into our daily lives revolutionising our life-style, said ISRO chief A.S. Kiran Kumar.

He said most of these innovations do not come from a single new technology but come from an existing technology that undergoes constant updates and refining with the latest technology offering cost benefit and better performance, said Dr. Kumar.

“The megapixel cameras using which you take selfies was originally designed of space photography. The MRI that acts as guide to life-saving was made for moon observation for Apollo Mission… In fact, over 1,600 technologies ended up revolutiionsing our lives,” he said.

“We indeed have space technology to thank for memory foam mattresses, home blood pressure kits, CMOS sensors for mobile phone cameras of today, digital signal processing technology for MRI and CAT scans, scratch-resistant lenses, implantable insulin pumps, advanced cardiac pacemakers, modern dental braces and so much more,” he noted.

Kumar has pointed out India’s GAGAN, IRNSS, Astrosat, Aditya and other space missions which have offered or will offer similar advances made in technology and the next major phase in its exploration of deep space with re-usable shuttle will test some more technologies in the future, which could bring down the price of satellite launches.

Speaking at a convocatipon ceremony of a private university in New Delhi, according to a PTI report, the ISRO chief pondered on Velcro of Swiss-based technology that was in vogue since the 1940s but made its way into the Apollo mission for moon study in the late 1960s.

Even the megapixel cameras used in mobile phones of today to take selfies were used originally for space photography, he reminded. No wonder, we have several space applications which require application to make lives of people better.

Essentially, A.S. Kumar is reiterating the fact which was highlighted by then DRDO chief and former President Abul Kalam who made the light-weight material used in rocket science applicable to make Jaipur leg for patients who had lost their parts.

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