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  1. Saumit
    December 2, 2013

    A very well written article, that raises some important questions!

    The success of ISRO, and the motivation and drive that this organization has displayed, can be attributed to a large part by the vision of its founding father Dr. Vikram Sarabhai.

    After the launch of the Russian Spacecraft Sputnik, Dr. Sarabhai convinced the Indian Government to establish a Space Agency for India in the following words:

    “There are some who question the relevance of space activities in a developing nation. To us, there is no ambiguity of purpose. We do not have the fantasy of competing with the economically advanced nations in the exploration of the moon or the planets or manned space-flight.”
    “But we are convinced that if we are to play a meaningful role nationally, and in the community of nations, we must be second to none in the application of advanced technologies to the real problems of man and society.”

    Pakistan’s Space Agency needs to ask itself, what was the role its founding fathers envisage for its future? Are there visionaries within SUPARCO, who are willing to draft a “Road Ahead” vision for SUPARCO and garner the political will of the Pakistan Government to fund the development efforts required?

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