Agencies, New Delhi
Taking a big leap in the space programme, India will soon have its own Space Station by 20130, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced here on Thursday.
Addressing a press conference here, ISRO Chairman Dr K Shivan said the country is targeting 2030 as the date to launch a 20 tonne space station, which will most likely be used to conduct microgravity experiments.
‘The preliminary plan for the space station is to accommodate astronauts for long in space, but will be doing some experiments and the specific details will emerge after the maiden manned mission- Gaganyaan, is completed,’ he said.
The space station will be small, indigenous and made under the ‘Make In India’ programme, without any collaboration from other countries, who have already have their space stations, Mr Sivan added.
At present, apart from the US, Russia, China, a consortium of nations have their own international station in the space.
Regarding the cost evaluation of this ambitious project, Dr Sivan said this has to be evaluated after the completion of Gaganyaan mission.
Minister of State for the Department of Space and Science Dr Jitendra Singh said this project is on a nascent stage, limited to drawing board. The details of this mission will be worked out after 2020, after the completion of Gaganyan mission.
Dr Sivan also announced that ISRO will also be launching a mission for planet Venus in the next two or three years