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India Aims for Space Station by 2035, Moon Mission by 2040

In a recent breakthrough, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared ambitious plans for India's space program which includes building a space station by 2035 as well as sending Indian astronauts to the moon by 2040.

The announcement took place during a review meeting on the progress of India's first human spaceflight program, the Gaganyaan mission, India's first human spaceflight program.

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is in the process of creating a prototype of a space station module, set to be launched in 2024, with the full station anticipated to be operational by 2035.

Additionally, ISRO is also developing a human-rated spacecraft named Gaganyaan, with plans for its first uncrewed test flight in 2023 and the initial crewed mission in 2024.

Modi's declaration of a moon mission for 2040 marks a major leap for India's space program, positioning it as the fourth nation to send an astronaut to the moon, following the United States, the Soviet Union, and China.

To support these endeavors, the Indian government has committed $1.3 billion to fund the Gaganyaan mission and the space station initiative.

Developments in India's Space Program

In addition to the Gaganyaan mission and the space station project, ISRO is also developing several other new spacecraft and missions, including:

  • A Venus orbiter mission, which is scheduled to launch in 2025.

  • A Mars lander mission, which is scheduled to launch in 2030.

ISRO is also working on developing new technologies for human spaceflight, such as reusable launch vehicles and space suits.

India's space program has made significant progress in recent years. The country has successfully launched and operated several satellites and spacecraft, and it has also developed its launch vehicles.

With the Gaganyaan mission and the space station project, India is now poised to become a major player in human space exploration.

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