India to launch its own space station!

  • 15 Jun 2019

India has announced that it will launch its own space station in the near future.
 Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K Sivan says the space station project is expected to kick off 5 to 7 years after  Gaganyaan, India's first manned mission, which will happen in 2022.

The station, expected to orbit 400 km above earth, will be able to sustain people for between 15 and 20 days.

"We don't want to be part of the International Space Station, therefore we want to set up our own. Our station won't be very big. It will have a mass of 20 tonnes and be used for studies including microgravity tests," Sivan told a press conference in New Delhi.

The space station will also help India join international manned missions to the moon and asteroids. However, space tourism will not be an agenda in the project.

Sivan did not say how much the project would cost. 
A space station is a structure capable of supporting crew members, designed to remain in space for an extended period of time and for other spacecraft to dock.At the moment, there is only one functional space station in the Earth's lower orbit - the International Space Station, launched in 1998.

The ISS, which is the world's largest international cooperative programme in science and technology, is a partnership between European countries represented by European Space Agency, the United States (NASA), Japan (JAXA), Canada (CSA) and Russia (Roscosmos).

Source: India Today, The Times of India, the Hindu
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