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India has announced they plan to construct their own space station.

“Our space station is going to be very small… useful to carry out experiments,” said Kailasavadivoo Sivan, Chairman of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

India space program officials are all thumbs up. Behind them, full scale model of the Gaganyaan crew module.
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The orbiting facility, Sivan advised earlier this week, serves as an extension of its Gaganyaan mission; it aims to place New Delhi’s first ever astronauts into orbit by August 2022.

“We have to sustain the Gaganyaan program after the launch of the human space mission,” Sivan explains.

Kailasavadivoo Sivan, Chairman of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).
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Microgravity experiments

According to Indian media sources, a detailed plan for the station will be submitted to the administration of prime minister Narendra Modi. It is expected that, following the Gaganyaan mission, the proposed installation will be put into orbit around 2030.

ISRO hopes to deploy its biggest rocket, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk III), to send three Indians into space from the Sriharikota space port in Andhra Pradesh. GSLV Mk III is a three-stage heavy lift launch vehicle using two solid strap-ons, a core liquid booster, and a cryogenic upper stage.
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Once in Earth orbit, ISRO’s 20-ton (20,000 kilograms) space station is set to facilitate microgravity experiments. Astronauts would be able to stay on board the station for up to 15 to 20 days.

First meeting of Gaganyaan National Advisory Council.
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Setting priorities

Meanwhile, the first meeting of Gaganyaan National Advisory Council was held June 8 at ISRO Headquarters, Bengaluru chaired by Sivan.

“The council deliberated in detail on various aspects of Gaganyaan and appreciated the efforts made in this regard in the fast track mode and Institutional mechanisms put in place by ISRO,” according to a ISRO press statement. “It stressed the need for setting priorities at various National Institutions including Industries to accomplish Gaganyaan.  Many essential aspects of Gaganyaan, especially the life support systems and crew selection and training, were discussed in detail.”

An upshot from the council was emphasis on further accelerating the efforts to realize Gaganyaan “in a very demanding time frame of December 2021 amidst formidable challenges.”










For more information regarding India’s human space initiatives, go to these earlier Inside Outer Space stories:

India Inaugurates Human Space Flight Center

India Puts in Motion Human Spaceflight Plan: Make way for “Vyomnauts”

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