Search This Blog

Loading...

Sunday, January 07, 2007

India to Have Human-Rated Spacecraft in 2014 and Perhaps ISS Access Post-2015

India's space agency plans to unveil the human spaceflight program the coming week that will propose a human spaceflight in 2014. The proposed plan may also call for the development of a two-person capsule that could be launched on the country’s GSLV launch vehicle.

The GSLV Mark III would provide more than enough payload capacity for manned spaceflight.

India is developing technology for a recoverable spacecraft that will be tested on a spacecraft scheduled for launch next week. The total cost of the manned orbital program, which has yet to be approved by the Indian government, is estimated to be approximately $2-3 billion.

India's space ambitions are being driven by an advancing economy and regional competition with the People's republic of China which may launch a three-man spacecraft later this year. Some have called the China-India competition the "New Cold War in Space."

The ISRO plan is said to also feature human missions to the Moon by 2020 which is also being discussed in China. Both China and India are planning to boost unmanned spacecraft to the moon within months. It has also been suggested that the United States might share some of its ownership rights in the International Space Station with India after 2015 as NASA's focus turns to human exploration of the moon.

4 comments:

Kelly Starks said...

This might shake NASA and the US out of our complacency. a "3rd world" nation we half think is still nothing but naked beggars riding Elephants, beating the CEV back to space? Especially if they field a RLV (which NASA assured us was impossible) in a similar time.

Charles Lurio said...

Instead of doing a retread of government - directed manned programs they would be in the vanguard by putting out a 1 page request for human flight capability to private industry in India. This should follow the COTS pattern, i.e. payment on delivery of milestones instead of cost-plus, etc. Then ISRO itself should concentrate on becoming a 'NACA for space' for India which includes doing really difficult technology and providing facilities for Indian firms to do proprietary space systems research that they otherwise couldn't afford.

Sumanta said...

India has her faith on her daughters and sons, that they will make world think differrently on herself.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with what Sumanta said !!!
Never under-estimate india ...
Think twice before calling us beggars .Indians are forced to go to these so-called 1st world countries and teach them how to do tough medical operations and build high-level engg. models ... all this just for the sake of "humanity" ...

That's INDIA !!!