Indian human space mission to create 15000 jobs: ISRO chief

Rodiano Bonacci
Agosto 16, 2018

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcing from the ramparts of Red Fort that India would send a manned mission to space by 2022, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)'s chairman K Sivan on Wednesday said the work on the project is underway and that many new technologies are being developed to achieve it.

"A child of mother India - whether son or daughter, it can be anyone - they will go into space", Modi said. We will have our own spacecraft to send people to the orbit and back.

Life support system and conditioning of astronauts for the space environment is one of the key technological challenges, said Nair.

The space agency has periodically updated the government on its progress towards these technologies.

"We have been dreaming about this for the last 10 years, and now the prime minister has taken a very bold decision".

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi giving the Indian Space Research Organisation the target to be achieved in the next four years, Sivan told IANS: "Our plan is to have a human being in space for seven days and not less than that". ISRO is known for its space programme that focuses on projects which matter to the day-to-day lives of people.

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

The Institute for Aviation Medicine, Bangalore, a unit of the IAF, has developed a human centrifuge and other facilities required to train would-be astronauts.

ISRO wants to take up the manned spaceflight in collaboration with multiple state-run scientific institutions, academia, industry, and startups.

India's first lunar probe Chandrayan-1 was launched by the ISRO in October 2008, and operated until August 2009.

"We've debated for long on the tangible and intangible benefits of manned space missions", said B.N. Suresh, former director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram. "Many of us believe manned space missions will help India's long-term interests".

"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.

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