Sivathanu Pillai, an eminent professor at the Indian Space Research Organisation is of the opinion that India will be able to fulfil all its energy requirements from resources on the moon by 2030.
Pillai said on 18 February 2017 that the country would meet its energy requirements by 2030 through the mining of lunar dust, which is rich in Helium-3. The professor further added that the mining programme was on priority for ISRO.
He revealed this while delivering a valedictory address at the three-day Observer Research Foundation (ORF)-Kalpana Chawla Space Policy Dialogue, which was organised by ORF.
Pillai is a former chief of BrahMos Aerospace.
Besides this, Lt Gen P M Bali, who is the Director General of Perspective Planning in the Indian Army, said that the launch of GSAT-7, India's first dedicated military satellite, is a proof of the country’s outlook towards using the outer space for national security.
General Bali also noted that India possesses one of the largest constellations of communication and remote sensing satellites covering Asia Pacific.
However, he said that there is a need for a dedicated military space programme with sufficient resources at its disposal due to "the changing realities in our neighbourhood".