On the occasion of 72nd Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a big announcement during his speech at Red Fort. He said, “Today, from the ramparts of the Red Fort, I want to give the country a good news. India has always advanced in space science but we have decided that by 2022 when India completes 75 years of Independence, or before that, a son or daughter of India will go to space with a tricolour in their hands.”
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— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 15, 2018
PM Modi announced the Human Spaceflight Programme (HSP) to promote space science in the country. ISRO has also given a thumbs up to PM Modi’s announcement. ISRO Chairman Sivan K said that they are ready to fulfill the promise PM Modi has made to the country. He said, “It came as a surprise to us, I was not expecting this but it is a great gift to Isro and we are confident of sending Indians to space in the next four years, although it is a tight schedule.”
He further said that they will now get in action for the same by identifying human resource and setting up a project team. Sivan said, “All along, critical technology for HSP was going on. The technology related for this project, like the crew module, environmental control and life support system have all been developed. India also has a flight suit and other sub-systems for crew module almost ready.”
He further confirmed that the launch vehicle used will be GSLV MK-III. He said, “We know that so far we’ve only had one flight, but the next one will be next month and we are confident of have 10-15 by the time of HSP.”
ISRO will probably send three astronauts to space. Moreover, India is planning to call its astronauts ‘Vyomnauts’. In Sanskrit, Vyom means Space. ISRO is also designing a spacesuit for them.
Chandrayaan – 1 was India’s first lunar mission which was launched by ISRO in Oct 2008. Currently, ISRO operates a big number of earth observation satellites