The first fully made-in-India manned to space with 3 crew members mission called “Gaganyaan” will launch off by 2022, Indian Space Research Organisation announced. The mission will be called “Gaganyaan”. Jitender Singh, Union Minister of State for Atomic Energy and Space has stated that on the eve of 75th Independence anniversary of India in 2022, ISRO will be sending its first human Mission into space, it could be before 2022.
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K.Sivan told that “India will set up its separate space station in the next 5-7 years after Gangayaan is successfully completely in 2022.”
The space station, which is estimated to weigh around 20 tonnes, would be an extension of the Gaganyaan mission — India’s first manned mission into space, he said.
According to Sivan, the space station will most likely be used to conduct microgravity experiments.
The preliminary plan for the space station is to accommodate astronauts for up to 15-20 days in space, but specific details will emerge after the Gaganyaan, is complete.
“India moving forward to build its own space station is the logical step. It is a major step forward in space technology,” former ISRO chief K. Radhakrishan
He said Gaganyaan – India’s human space exploration mission – is the beginning.
“Now one has to develop the knowledge/technology for having Indians in the space for longer duration and to carry out scientific experiments,” Radhakrishnan added.
“With the addition of necessary instruments like camera, the space station can observe the earth. With humans manning the space station, the quality of image can also be better as what need to be looked could be looked in detail,” he added.
According to Nair, there will be cost saving in terms of launching earth observation/remote sensing satellites.
India should actively get into building its own space station in the low earth orbit as its next space frontier since the time is opportune for this, he then said.
“It is time to look 10-15 years ahead rather than planning for incremental growth activities. Building our own space station will be beneficial on many counts and would also generate around 15,000 high-skilled jobs,” Prasad then said.
The decision to have a space station will have a positive effect on other connected projects. The plan to have a space station will result in accelerated development of reusable rockets, in-orbit docking systems, manned mission and others.
The research and development (R&D) activities in these areas need the evolution of re-entry technologies, life support systems, safe recovery systems, more reliable launch and spacecraft systems, long-term platforms operating in space for specialised experiments and others, Prasad then said.