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India to Launch Own Space Station by 2030: ISRO Chief K Sivan

Author : Odisha Today Bureau | Posted on: 2019-06-14

India is planning to launch its own space station by 2030, joining the league of US, Russia and China to an elite space club.


“We are planning to have a space station for India, our own space station. We will launch a small module for microgravity experiments... That is our ambition,” Dr K Sivan, chairman of India’s space agency ISRO, said.


ISRO says there will be no collaboration with any other country for this project. The only countries that have had space stations so far are the US, Russia, China and a consortium of nations that own the International Space Station.


According to media reports, the initial plan is to accommodate astronauts for up to 15-20 days in the space station, which will be placed at an orbit 400 km above the earth. The 20 tonne space station will be used to conduct microgravity experiments.


The space station project will be an extension of the Gangayaan mission.

"We have to sustain the Gaganyaan programme after the launch of (the) human space mission. In this context, India is planning to have its own space station," Mr Sivan told reporters in New Delhi.


This mission will boost India’s space activity as the station would function as an independent facility in space.


At present, ISRO has confirmed Chandrayaan 2, its long-awaited mission to explore the lunar surface. According to news reports, this is set to launch on July 15, after which the space agency will launch its most ambitious mission to date - Gaganyaan, in 2022. This is also India’s first manned space mission, which is worth Rs 10,000 crore.


A space station is a spacecraft capable of supporting crewmembers, designed to remain in space for an extended period of time and for other spacecraft to dock, the most commonly known being the International Space Station.

The International Space Station is a habitable artificial satellite in low Earth orbit. It is the largest human-made body in low Earth orbit and can often be seen with the naked eye from Earth.


Gaganyaan’s launch will also mark India’s 75th Independence Day, and will be launched with the help of ISRO’s GSLV Mk-III launch vehicle, which will reach the orbit in 16 minutes. It is aimed at sending a crew of two to three astronauts in a spacecraft, which will be placed in 300-400 km.


But before it takes off, a demo space flight would be carried out within 40 months prior to Gaganyaan in 2022. To make sure that the astronauts are mentally prepared, two unmanned flights will be carried out.


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