Speaking to the group of reporters who visited the Country's Spaceport on this Island on the shore of Bay of Bengal to witness the pre-count-down operations of the ambitious 'Chandrayaan-I' mission he said that "We have the plan and we have started the work and waiting for the Government's nod. the Space Commission has given its permission" he said.
For the manned mission he said the ISRO would need to build the third launch pad in Sriharikota. "In the next seven years we might be able to achieve this mission". "The crew training facility now available only with Indian Air Force, we have some expertise and we will build on this" he said. The mission would need building of a human capsule putting in place safely and security of crew will be important, he said.
He said that the launch of Chandrayaan-I on a PSLV-C 11 launch vehicle had been fixed tentatively on October 22nd. The spacecraft would reach the moon orbit on November Eight. The 1000-strong team of scientists across the country working on the Moon mission were exited and thrilled and working 24-7 to make this project successful.
Asked about the safety of the Spacecraft the General Manager Safety SHAR V Krishnamurthy said all safety aspects has been addressed and whatever recommendations made by Narayana committee following the failure of INSAT-4C had been addressed.