India will launch its first indigenously made space station by 2030, just a few years after the ‘Gaganyaan’ mission which will kick off starting 2022.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has already begun the preparations for ‘Gaganyaan‘, which includes two unmanned flights followed by the one carrying actual astronauts.
India To Launch Its First Space Station Preperation
ISRO Chief K Sivan had first opened up about the Indian-made space station in 2019, where he revealed its details. Sivan had revealed that the facility would weigh as much as 20 tonnes.
Moreover, it will be fixated at an orbit 400 kilometers above the Earth and astronauts could stay for 15-20 days. As per Sivan, the space station will be launched 5-7 years after the Gaganyaan mission.
Details about the preparations were provided by Union Minister in his address to the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, December 9.
India’s Gaganyaan Mission
India’s schedule in the space sector will be fairly tight starting next year as ISRO will launch the first unmanned mission under ‘Gaganyaan’ in the second half of 2022.
The second unmanned flight will include a spacefaring robot named “Vyommitra“, which is being developed by ISRO and will be launched into space by the end of 2022.
However, it will be 2023 which would be the real test as India will launch the first astronaut with homegrown technology, becoming the fourth country after USA, Russia, and China to achieve such a feat.
In addition to these space projects, ISRO is also preparing for Chandrayaan 3 bound for the Moon, Aditya-L1 mission to study the sun plus a mission to Venus, all before launching the space station.
Gaganyaan (Sanskrit IAST: gagan-yāna; transl. “Sky Craft”) is an Indian crewed orbital spacecraft intended to be the formative spacecraft of the Indian.
- Dry mass: 3,735 kg (8,234 lb)
- Volume: 8 m3 (280 cu ft)
- Power: Photovoltaic array
- Regime: Low Earth orbit
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