Gaganyaan mission: India will send a crew of three astronauts to space before 2022, which will be the first space mission in this country in which humans will travel, the Indian government and The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced recently.
GAGANYAAN MISSION COST:
The council of ministers approved a budget of one thousand 200 million euros (about one thousand 373 million dollars) to carry out the program Gaganyaan (“vehicle of heaven” in Indian), according to an official statement.
“The Union Cabinet has approved the Gaganyaan mission under which a three-member crew will be sent to space for at least seven days” Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad announced at a press conference recently.
This decision was taken after the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, announced in August that his country would send a manned mission to space in 2022 or even before “a man or a woman”.
If it succeeds, India will become the fourth country that takes humans to space, after Russia, the United States, and China.
The program will use the Indian-made shuttle Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV-MkIII) developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). First, two take-offs without human presence will be carried out as a test and then a first space trip will be made with astronauts, who will orbit around the Earth “for a maximum period of one week”.
Although he did not give an exact date, the government said that this operation will take place “during the next 40 months.”
GAGANYAAN MISSION OBJECTIVES:
According to the Executive, these space flights will serve to stimulate the economy, create infrastructures and jobs and will allow to achieve the scientific advances in medicine, agriculture and the fight against pollution.
Driven since the sixties, the Indian space program is characterized by both its ambition and its budgetary austerity, since it has quite inferior resources to those of the other powers in the field.
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