ISRO, in one of its most ambitious projects, is planning to launch its own space station by 2030. The announcement was made by ISRO Chairman K Sivan on June 13, 2019. The project will enable ISRO to send more astronauts to space.
The ISRO Chairman clarified that India will not join the International Space Station (ISS) but instead build its own. The full details of the mission will be revealed after the successful completion of India’s first manned space mission – Gaganyaan.
• The proposal for the space station will first be sent to the central government for approval after India’s first Gaganyaan mission by 2022.
• The execution of the space station program is expected to take around 5-7 years time. The ISRO Chairman did not speak on the cost of the proposed project.
• The weight of ISRO’s own space station is likely to be 20 tonnes. It will be used to conduct microgravity experiments.
• The initial plan of ISRO is to accommodate astronauts for 15-20 days in space. The space station is expected to be placed at an orbit of 400 km above the earth.
• This mission will enhance India’s space activity as the station would function as an independent facility in space.
• However, India is not the only nation that is aiming to build its own space station, as China also plans to build a space station of its own.