Earlier this week, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) unveiled its goal to create a small space station in the low Earth orbit to support the country’s upcoming crewed space mission.
Talking about the project, ISRO Chairman K. Sivan said, “We are planning to have a separate space station. We will not be a part of the ISS. Our space station is going to be very small. We will be launching a small module and that will be used for carrying out microgravity experiments.”
He adds, “We have to sustain the Gaganyaan program. So, subsequently, as a long-term plan, we are planning to have the space station in India. We are going to join the international community in manned missions to the moon, asteroids. We have a clear plan for the space program,”
However, he noted that the country isn’t planning on providing similar services to space tourism as NASA announced commercial opportunities at the ISS few days earlier. Additionally, Sivan noted that the space agency will send the proposal to the government for approval after first Gaganyaan mission later in 2022. Thus, we might have a long way to go before we can see if the country can manage to become successful in space research in the coming years.