Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) plans to send Indian astronauts into space for at least a week, by 2022.
“We estimate that the human space mission will generate about 15,000 jobs over the next few years,” said K Sivan, Chairman of ISRO. The aim is to take Indian astronauts into space to a height of 350-400 km above the earth and orbit around it for at least a week. The astronauts will also be performing experiments in space, details of which are yet to be confirmed by ISRO.
“The human spaceflight will be a national project and not just ISRO’s, as we will be collaborating with several institutions, academia and the industry,” K Sivan added.
A former IAF pilot, Rakesh Sharma, is the only Indian citizen to have travelled into space. He was one of the crew on Soyuz T-11 launched on April 2, 1984 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic.
The space agency will be working with the Institute of Aerospace Medicine in Bengaluru for training the crew, whereas the Indian Air Force will select them. The private sector will also be involved in research and development.
The chairman of ISRO spoke at a press conference in Bengaluru a few hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in his Independence Day speech, the country’s plan to put an Indian into space by 2022 independently