PM Modi on Independence Day: "By 2022, we will send an Indian to space"

PM Modi on Independence Day: "By 2022, we will send an Indian to space"

New Delhi:  India, who is celebrating it's 72nd Independence Day. The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi while adressing the nation on Independence Day said, "By 2022, we will send an Indian to space".

Today, at India's 72nd Independence Day, a huge announcement was made by PM Modi. He said that India will become the fourth nation to send man to space. The India's 72nd Independence Day was PM Modi's fifth and final address ahead of the next general elections.

Prime Minister Modi said, "Today, from the ramparts of the Red Fort, I want to give the country a good news," He added, "India has always advanced in space science but we have decided that by 2022 when India completes 75 years of Independence, or before that, a son or daughter of India will go to space with a tricolor in their hands."

Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Dr K Sivan,  said it was a "very, very tight schedule but ISRO will do it by 2022."

"ISRO sought manned mission for a decade... Vyom will be a national effort, not just an ISRO project. It will boost national pride," he added.

 

The Indian Space Research Organisation hopes to deploy, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk III) its biggest rocket, to send three Indians into space from Sriharikota in the next few years.

ISRO is planning to spend Rs. 9,000 crore and is hoping to launch it within 40 months. The "demonstration phase" of plan includes undertaking  one human flight and two unmanned flights, made using Indian technology to catapult a crew of three into a low earth orbit for 5-7 days.

The astronauts will be called, "Vyomnauts" since "Vyom" in Sanskrit means space.

ISRO has, till now spent Rs. 173 crore in developing critical technologies for human space flight.  In 2008, the plan was first pitched, but did'nt went through as the economy and Indian rockets experienced setbacks.

In 2002, with the help of Satellite Recovery Experiment, the country tested its re-entry technology , when a 550 kilogram satellite was sent into orbit and then safely brought back to earth.

In  the experiment, the lightweight silicon tiles that can protect any spaceship as it re-enters the earth's atmosphere, were tested.

A Crew Module Atmospheric Re-entry Experiment (CARE), was also tested by India, where a 3,745 kg space capsule - a prototype of the crew module that will be used by the "Vyomnauts". It was launched into the atmosphere on GSLV Mk III's first flight and then safely recovered from the Bay of Bengal.

The space agency has also mastered the art of making a spacesuit. The spacesuits will be worn by the "Vyomnauts" when they get sent into space from Sriharikota.

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