Prime Minister Narendra Modi has detailed India’s ambitious roadmap for space exploration, including the progress of the much-awaited Gaganyaan Mission.
What Happened: In a high-level meeting, PM Modi received an update on the Gaganyaan Mission from the Department of Space. The mission incorporates a variety of technologies, including human-rated launch vehicles. The plan includes about 20 major tests, with three uncrewed missions using the Human Rated Launch Vehicle (HLVM3). They have scheduled the first demonstration flight of the Crew Escape System Test Vehicle for October 21. They will launch the Gaganyaan Mission in 2025.
With the success of previous space initiatives like Chandrayan-3 and Aditya L1 Missions, the Prime Minister set new ambitious goals for the nation. These include the establishment of an ‘Indian Space Station’ by 2035 and putting the first Indian on the Moon by 2040.
The Department of Space will develop a roadmap for Moon exploration. This roadmap will feature a series of Chandrayaan missions, the development of a Next Generation Launch Vehicle (NGLV), the construction of a new launch pad, and the creation of human-centric Laboratories and associated technologies.
The Prime Minister also urged Indian scientists to work on interplanetary missions, including a Venus Orbiter Mission and a Mars Lander. He expressed confidence in India’s capabilities and reiterated the nation’s commitment to reach new heights in space exploration.
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Why It Matters: The ambitious roadmap outlined by PM Modi marks a significant phase in India’s space exploration journey. The Gaganyaan Mission, in particular, will be a major milestone as it represents India’s first manned space mission. The mission’s success could position India among the world’s leading space-faring nations.
The broader goals set by PM Modi, including the establishment of an Indian Space Station and sending an Indian to the Moon, underline the country’s long-term commitment to space exploration. These initiatives are not only a testament to India’s growing technological capabilities but also a reflection of the country’s aspirations in the global space arena.
The scientific community and the nation await the realization of these ambitious plans with eager anticipation.
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