India to send two astronauts into space in 2016
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India to send two astronauts into space in 2016

Thursday, 28 January 2010, 03:09 Hrs   |    3 Comments
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Bangalore: India will launch its first manned mission in 2016 with two astronauts for a week-long odyssey in space, a top Indian space agency official said Wednesday.

"We are planning a human space flight in 2016, with two astronauts who will spend seven days in the earth's lower orbit," Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K. Radhakrishnan told reporters here.

Space scientists and senior officials of the state-run ISRO are preparing a pre-project report to build the infrastructure and facilities for the mission, estimated to cost a whopping 124 billion ($2.76 billion).

The Planning Commission had in principle approved the human space flight project in February 2009. Its Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia then said more funds would be allocated in two phases during the Eleventh Plan (2007-12) and Twelfth Plan (2012-17).

"We will design and develop the space module for the manned mission in the next four years. Two astronauts will be selected to train for the space flight," Radhakrishnan said on the margins of a space event.

The government had allocated 950 million (95 crore/$10 million) for pre-project initiatives in 2007-08.

The space agency will set up a full-fledged training facility in this tech hub for training the astronauts and building a third launch pad at its spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, about 80 km northeast of Chennai.

"Spacecraft for the proposed manned mission will have extra facilities like entry into crew capsule and an escape chute," the chairman said after releasing a book titled "Moon Mission: Exploring the Moon with Chandrayaan-1".

The book was authored by S.K. Das, former member (finance) of the space department.

To demonstrate its re-entry technology prowess, ISRO had launched in 2007 a 600 kg space capsule recovery experiment (SRE) using the polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV) rocket and was successful in bringing it back to the earth safely 12 days later.
Source: IANS
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1: When China is sending and building its own GPS navigation system so that it can protect itself incase of war with USA, we whofaced nuclear armed Enterprice as recently as 1971 wastes money on this useless mission.INFRASTRUCTURE in Airports, seaports, railways and ofcourse Roads should be our priority
Posted by:captainjohann samuhanand - 28 Jan, 2010
2: Space scientists and senior officials of the state-run ISRO are preparing a pre-project report to build the infrastructure and facilities for the mission, estimated to cost a whopping Rs.124 billion ($2.76 billion). India is going to waste 12,400 crores in this project. Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia said more funds would be allocated in two phases during the Eleventh Plan (2007-12) and Twelfth Plan (2012-17). Is there any necessity for a BEGGING COUNTRY like INDIA from the World Bank to waste this much amount of money in this RACE of becoming SUPER POWER in the SPACE RESEARCH. Countries like America, Britain, China, France, Germany, Japan and Russia could spend a lot of money for SPACE RESEARCH because they are all Developed Nations. But in a country like India where crores of people are living below the poverty line. And they do not even get a single meal per day. In India we have to focus on Agriculture becuase Agriculture is the Back-bone of our country. But what our Political Bastards are doing? They took all the Cultivable land from the Poor farmers and they re-distributed it to the BPO's and IT Companies for a Cheaper rate in the name of Special Economic Promotion Zones. I have a very great ambition of making all the foreign Countries to rely upon my country for their food.
Posted by:A. Shiva Kumar - 28 Jan, 2010
3: In the last decade, we spent money, for competing with the world, only aiming earning a name at the helm. But no exploitation of the achievement further of the outcome. Unlike other advanced nations which had solid plans in their anvil, and money to spend, a developing country like ours should have only used our developments to the other important space programmes,which are shelved due to challenges that the butter hands cannot achieve, rather than continuously roping on PSLV ( a lone success over 30 yrs of ISRO)for demonstrating some new forms of it always. SAME OLD wine in new bottles. PSLV gives the liverage , just for another fame, Another Padmabhushan, but the public are fooled, as always used to be, under the carpet.
Posted by:sajeev - 27 Jan, 2010
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