Indian human space mission to create 15,000 jobs

Olive Hawkins
August 16, 2018

"The actual manned flight of the space capsule will be preceded by two unmanned flights", Sivan said. "We have completed many technologies like crew module and escape systems".

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi giving the Indian Space Research Organisation 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".

Life support system and conditioning of astronauts for the space environment is one of the key technological challenges, Nair said.

Chandrayaan-1, launched in 2008, orbited the moon and sent a probe to the surface which made a controlled crash landing.

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has developed and tested several critical technology components for a manned space mission for over a decade, but this is the first indication of the government's approval for a manned space flight. The Indian manned mission will likely have a three-person crew entering the low Earth Orbit and will be carried out on board the indigenous Mark GSLV III launch vehicle. "The project has been under way; now we need to prioritise and achieve the target".

"Technologies that will help in sending an Indian astronaut to space - like human crew module and environment control and life support system - have already been developed", he added. Sharma was a part of the Soviet Union's Soyuz T-11 expedition, launched on April 2, 1984, as part of the Intercosmos programme. India-born Kalpana Chawla and Indian-origin Sunita Williams are among the known names to have gone to space. The satellite, later rechristened South Asian satellite, was launched in May a year ago.

K Radhakrishnan, former ISRO chairman under whose leadership the Mangalyaan mission was launched in 2013, termed the announcement of Gaganyaan mission a "turning point" for the ISRO.

The Prime Minister said with the launch of Mangalyaan (Mars Orbiter Mission), space scientists displayed the country's capabilities in the field. This human space flight venture, he said, would take the country's science and technology field to a very high level, inspire the younger generation, and "every Indian can be proud of it".

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