The Indian government announced plans to send a team of three to space for up to a week. This will happen when the first manned mission, scheduled for 2022, starts.
On December 28, the government of India announced that it was going to launch three people into orbit for up to a week when the first manned mission would begin in 2022. Indian ministers approved $ 1.4 billion to provide technology and infrastructure for the program.
At the expense of a specific amount, India will create one of the cheapest manned space programs, which will enhance its competitiveness with China. But the statement also indicates that India hopes to participate in “global” space projects. If everything goes according to plan, then India will become the fourth country after Russia, the United States and China, which will launch a manned mission into space.
The funding approved the launch of an Indian spacecraft into low Earth orbit from one orbital period to a maximum of 7 days. Back in August, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India would launch a manned mission by 2022, with at least one cosmonaut. But the cabinet did not approve the draft.
The statement wrote that the program Gaganyaan use two unmanned and one manned flights. The exact date is not yet named, but they say that the flight will be appointed within 40 months from the date of the meeting on December 28. Modi believes that the success of the space program will enhance the prestige of the country. Space flights should stimulate the economy, create jobs and expand opportunities in areas such as medicine, agriculture and pollution control. Success will also enable India to become a collaborating partner in future major space research initiatives with long-term national benefits.
In the past decades, the country has invested heavily in the space program. In July, they announced a desire to send an unmanned mission to the moon in 2019. In 2013, an Indian space station was in Mars orbit, which continues to operate. And last year, India managed to launch a record 104 satellites in one flight.
Now India is trying to break into the space research market through low-cost programs. China sent its first citizens into space in 2003, but it took more than $ 2.3 billion to spend about $ 110 billion on preparatory flights and the mission of sending the first man to the moon in 1969.