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India's Space Odyssey: Gaganyaan, Space Station, Moon



  Feb 29, 2024

India's Space Odyssey: Gaganyaan, Space Station, Moon



India’s Ambitious Leap into Space: Gaganyaan, Space Station, and Moon Mission

India is gearing up to expand its footprint in space with a series of ambitious projects. Following the launch of the Gaganyaan mission, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has set its sights on establishing the country’s first space station by 2035 and achieving a manned lunar landing by 2040. These initiatives, unfolding in the era deemed ‘Amrit Kaal’ by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, are poised to build on the foundation laid by Gaganyaan, which marks India’s foray into manned spaceflights.

Bharatiya Antariksha Station: India’s Orbital Aspiration

The Bharatiya Antariksha Station (BAS), officially announced in 2019, represents India’s vision for its orbital space station. Originally targeted for a 2030 completion, the timeline was pushed to 2035 due to the pandemic. The BAS, expected to weigh around 20 tonnes, will orbit 400 km above Earth. The initial module is slated for a 2028 launch. This development echoes the achievements of existing space stations like the International Space Station (ISS) and China’s Tiangong Space Station, while drawing from historical precedents set by the Soviet Union’s Salyut and Mir stations.

Collaboration and Progress

India’s space station project has garnered international interest, with NASA expressing willingness to collaborate, including hosting an Indian astronaut on the ISS by the end of 2024. ISRO’s work towards the space station is incremental, with the Gaganyaan mission laying the groundwork. Innovations such as a fuel cell-based power system (FCPS) tested in early 2023 indicate a commitment to sustainable, human-friendly space exploration.

Moon Mission: A New Frontier

By 2040, ISRO aims to send an astronaut to the Moon, leveraging insights from the Chandrayaan-3 mission and aligning with global efforts like NASA’s Artemis Accords. This mission not only signifies India’s growing capabilities in space exploration but also highlights the potential for international partnerships and private sector engagement in reaching new celestial frontiers.

India’s strategic advances in space exploration, from manned missions to establishing a space station and landing on the Moon, underscore a comprehensive vision for ‘Amrit Kaal.’ These projects reflect a blend of national ambition, scientific inquiry, and global collaboration, setting the stage for India’s prominent role in the next era of space exploration.

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