First Indian space station being planned: ISRO chief

We have to maintain the Gaganyaan programme after launching the human space mission. In this context, India is planning to set up its own space station: ISRO chief K Sivan

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New Delhi: Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) K Siwan said on Thursday that India was planning to set up its first space station. This ambitious plan will be an extended form of the Gaganayan mission.

Talking to reporters in New Delhi, Sivan said, “We have to maintain the Gaganyaan programme after launching the human space mission. In this context, India is planning to set up its own space station.”

Prior to this, Sivan had said that India was targeting to send humans in space by December 2021. He said that India would be successful in doing so with the help of the Gaganyaan project.

The ISRO chief had said that if we could do this within the prescribed time, our country would be the fourth country in the world to send astronauts to space on their own.

Sivan said that India was in the process of launching Chandrayaan-2 in April this year. The Gaganyaan project was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year.

Addressing a joint press conference with Sivan, Minister of State for Atomic Energy and Space Jitendra Singh said that ISRO is committed to making the first human mission in space up to 2022.

Earlier, on Wednesday, ISRO had announced that it will launch Chandrayaan-2 on 15 July, which will be its second mission on the Moon.

Gaganyaan (“Sky Craft”) is an Indian crewed orbital spacecraft intended to be the basis of the Indian human spaceflight programme. The spacecraft is being designed to carry three people, and a planned upgraded version will be equipped with rendezvous and docking capability.

In its maiden crewed mission, the ISRO’s largely autonomous 3.7-tonne capsule will orbit the earth at a 400 km altitude for up to seven days with a three-person crew on board.

The crewed vehicle is planned to be launched on ISRO’s GSLV Mk III in December 2021. This HAL-manufactured crew module had its first un-crewed experimental flight on 18 December 2014. In May, the design of the crew module was completed.