India is Planning to have its own Space Station: said, Chairman of ISRO.

India is Planning to have its own Space Station: said, Chairman of ISRO.

June 16, 2019.

“India is planning to have its own space station,” said, K. Sivan, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), on Thursday. The modalities for it will be worked out after the first manned mission, Gaganyaan, scheduled for August 2022 (India’s maiden manned mission to space). While addressing the media, he said, “We want to have a separate space station. We will launch a small module for microgravity experiments… that is our ambition.”

The proposed space station is supposed to be 20 tonnes in weight and there would be a facility where astronauts can stay up to 15-20 days, and it would be placed in an orbit 400 km above the earth, he added. The time frame for launch is 5-7 years after Gaganyaan. Dr. Sivan also said, “The ISRO would also join the international space community for a manned mission to the moon and beyond.”

Jitendra Singh who is the Minister of State in the office of Prime Minister said, “Cost approved by the Union Cabinet just before the Model Code of Conduct came into force was ₹10,000 crore.” 

Persons from different institutions and industries have been taken for the creation of a Gaganyaan National Advisory Council to oversee and advise on the mission. Dr. Singh said that the Selection of 2-3 crew members would be done in six months for the Gaganyaan mission. After the selection, they would be trained for a period of 1-1.5 years.

Dr. Sivan said, the selected members would be trained in India and overseas. The first phase of their training would be completed in India and after that, the advanced stage of training would be done abroad as the facilities required did not exist here. A GSLV Mk-III launch vehicle would be used to launch the Gaganyaan. The spacecraft would be placed in a low earth orbit of 300-400 km.

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