Indian human space mission to create 15000 jobs: ISRO chief

Mindy Sparks
August 16, 2018

ISRO would now stitch them up into a complete project and present a comprehensive project report to get a formal approval of the government, Dr. Sivan said.

The plan to put an Indian into space, on its own, for the first time by 2022 will create as many as 15,000 jobs, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K. Sivan said on Wednesday.

The US, Russia and China are the only three nations to have launched manned space flights.

This is a huge undertaking for India's space agency; it's been on the cards for over a decade now, and it'll be interesting to see if ISRO is up to the challenge. It was launched by ISRO in October 2008 and operated till August 2009, while the Mangalyaan is a space probe orbiting Mars since September 24, 2014. "But we have a dream, our space scientists have a dream".

It is a national project where multiple organisations, academia, and industry would be involved to accomplish the mission.

Modi said India's Gaganyaanspacecraft would carry an Indian into space, making India the fourth country in the world with manned spaceflight capability. It would demonstrate that India would be on par with the developed countries in this area.

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"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.

Rakesh Sharma was the first Indian to venture into space, going aboard a Soviet rocket in 1984.

"We should engage with Nasa, the European Space Agency and even the Chinese to evolve the purposes of internationally collaborative humans-in-space programmes", said V. Siddhartha, a former senior space official.

Kalpana Chawla became first woman of Indian origin to fly into space.

However of late, it has launched missions like Chandrayaan-1 (moon mission) and Mangalyaan that had aroused tremendous interest among people. She was one of the seven crew members who died in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003. The country's second lunar probe Chandrayaan-2 is scheduled to be launched by January 2019 and will attempt a soft landing of a rover near the moon's south pole.

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