Space Programme Can Improve Health Care: Ex-ISRO Chief

Monday, February 10, 2014

India’s versatile space programme has potential to significantly improve health care through tele-medicine and gene therapy which will go a long way in providing affordable treatment to large section of people, former ISRO chairman K Kasturirangan said today.

Delivering the 13th Dharma Vira Oration organised by Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, the eminent scientist, who had steered ISRO’s space programme as its head from 1994 to 2003, said spin offs from satellite technology can be used extensively to enhance the health care sector in a big way.

“The experience from human space flight has led to several interesting ground based application such as artificial heart, kidney dialysis, invisible braces, sun glasses as well as other bio-medical instruments,” Kasturirangan said while explaining possible applications of space technology in the health care sector.

Source: Outlook India (link opens in a new window)

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