Thank you very much, sir, for joining us here on trt world. What does this? First, commercial moon landing by a private Japanese company signify for the future of space exploration and how does it really impact government run programs and the Dynamics of competition among actors in The sector? Very big thing: big deal, Landings and space missions for 50 years and everything is paid for by taxpayer dollars and run by government. So so imagine I mean everything that we have seen is funded by some government and ultimately comes from a taxpayer dollars. Now is the: if this is successful, this will be the first attempt where a commercial organization is going to carry this huge feat and, and if you think about it, what does the government do? What does any government do when they go to for a spacecraft Mission? They are interested in the data, so NASA has a program with called the commercial lunar payload Services Program, where theyre just going to buy the data. So if you have a company theyre going to say well, we need need data from the South Pole region of Mars. How much can you sell this data to us, for you do the you have the spacecraft, you have the Rover. You find out figure out a way to get it, but we just need the data, and so the government at Nasa is going to just buy the data so its its a very interesting model.
But it gets the private sector into play and when the private sector comes into play, there is a lot of efficiencies that come to the table. If you look at the services on Earth, everything from commercial Aviation to um the ship, the the ship trade, the ship cardboard – that moves everything is by the private, its, not the government. The government steps out of the way um, so so its a very interesting day and um. I think if, if this is successful, right, um therell be many more of this indeed, and we are all anxiously waiting to see whether or not this is going to be a successful Landing. Ive been just told by my producer that uh folks in Japan are monitoring the situation. They are trying to make sure whether or not the rocket has landed or not theyre, trying to get some sort of Confirmation, and just talking about this commercial uh moon landing in the past, both Indian and Israeli private companies have tried to do what a Japanese startup Is trying to do today, their efforts resulted in Failure. So what kind of lessons do you think the Japanese company, this eye space status startup, would have learned from the failure of Israeli and indian private companies see I dont know whether they have access to the data. See the the cue here is, you know you have to find a way to slow down the spacecraft and land on on the moon for Mars.
This is much more difficult because there is the difficulty that uh the signals take 20 minutes or so to travel back and forth here you can actually monitor it in and maybe even issue some command in real time. But mostly, this is a automated sequence, and this is the tough thing to learn. You know even last landing on a soft planting on another body is a very its not that easy. You have to slow it just to the right speed and then touch down. Otherwise, if you even slow it down to say 100 miles per hour, all the delicate instruments on both the the spacecraft will be destroyed. So I dont think whether whether you can learn directly from another countrys or in other companies, um failure, because you dont have access to the engineering data, but I think the queue is probably they have tested this mechanism on Earth many times and so um. So it is a little more complex, of course, than doing this on Earth. So theres. No right answer I mean, maybe you have to do this a few times before you get a try, just as you saw Starship, you know different context, but the launch vehicle failed, but you know it is sometimes you have to learn along the way exactly and this. This is something that perhaps youre going to expand on for us. Even when the Starship uh launched uh, we saw it basically destroy itself. They have a special terminology which I cannot remember right now, so it destroyed itself a few minutes into liftoff.
But even after that it was hailed as a success, and this is what you were indicating right now, even if it does not lag exactly. This would be a success because it did complete a journey that started in last December, so there is a subtle difference here. The engineering wise. This has been done. What Starship is trying to do? Engineering wise? It has not been done, um so um. So there is a different slant, but for the so its not like anybody else, hasnt done this this, as you said, U.S Russia and China have done it. So this will be a. I think this. This could be a thumb steps forward for this company. If they were to do it again, they could see that well. This is what happened, and maybe we could do this differently next time um, but you know, lets not jinx. It lets hope that it lands. You know, as as per plan um all right, and you know we are all anxiously waiting to see whether or not this is going to be a successful Landing. Amitabh gosh.