India’s space agency ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) is planning to put an Indian astronaut for seven days in space for the first time at a cost less than Rs 10,000 crore as part of its manned mission by 2022, ISRO chairman K Sivan said on Wednesday.
With Prime Minister Narendra Modi giving ISRO the target to be achieved in the next four years, Sivan told IANS: “Our plan is to have a human being in space for seven days and not less than that.”
“He will be in a spacecraft, 300-400 km above earth,” Sivan said, as he explained that the rocket to be used for the manned mission would be a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV-Mk III). He said the first unmanned flight as part of a manned space mission will happen two years from now.
“There will be two unmanned space missions before the actual manned space mission,” Sivan added.
In his Independence Day address to the nation, Modi said: “In space technology, we have dreamt something; our scientists have dreamt something. And I am happy to announce that by 2022, the 75th Independence year, we are planning a manned space mission.”
Asked about the first animal flight before the actual manned mission, Sivan said those things have to be discussed.
Updated by: News Sources 2019-03-06 1:01 PM