ISRO plans big for 2019: Human spacelift programme among 19 missions to launch by March

WION Web Team
Delhi, India Published: Aug 28, 2018, 01:25 PM(IST)

Gaganyaan system explained at an ISRO conference. Photograph:( WION )

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According to sources, space research organisation plans to launch 19 missions by March next year.

Indian Space Research Organisation is set to launch country's second lunar exploration mission, Chandrayaan-2, in January 2019, ISRO chief Kailasavadivoo Sivan announced at a conference in Delhi today. 

According to sources, space research organisation also plans to launch 19 missions by March next year.

During the conference, details were given out on various other ISRO missions that the organisation plans to undertake in the coming year which includes the much-awaited Indian Human Spaceflight programme -- Gaganyaan.

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Gaganyaan will be lifted into space by launch vehicle GSLV Mk-III. Before sending humans into space, two unmanned Gaganyaan missions will be undertaken. 

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Gaganyaan programme is expected to be completed before 2022 with the first unmanned flight to come within 30 months wherein India aims to send a three-person crew to space for a week. The programme is likely to cost around Rs 10,000 crore.

Gaganyaan is expected to weigh a whopping 7 tons and will serve the primary purpose of carrying out a micro-gravity experiment, Sivan stated. 

The Indian Human Spaceflight programme, Gaganyaan, was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech this month.

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