India has lately become very active indevelopment of its space program and space research. As it became known, the country has set itself a new task - to expand its presence in Earth orbit. To address this issue, India is going to build and deliver to the near-Earth space a small space station by 2030, as stated by the Head of the Indian Space Research Organization (Indian Space Research Organization, ISRO) Kei Shivan (pictured above). More accurate dates - 2027-2029 years.
According to Shivan, the station will reallycompact. Its weight will be about 20 tons. Build and launch the India station on its own, without involving international partners in the project. The station will allow Indian astronauts to be in orbit for up to 15–20 days, but this will be quite enough so that microgravity experiments can be carried out on board.
India will launch man into space for the first time
Unfortunately, more details about this.The head of the Indian Space Agency did not report the project, but most likely it will be possible to find out new details about it after another very ambitious space mission for the country. Recall that on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of India’s independence, the country is going to send a man into space for the first time. According to preliminary data, the mission will take 5-7 days. India plans to implement this plan until 2022. For launch, it is planned to use the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk III) heavy launch vehicle.
India will launch a moon rover
As for the immediate prospects, thenCurrently, the top priority space project for India is the Chandrayan-2 mission, within which a satellite of our planet is planned to send an automatic interplanetary station with a compact moon rover.
An extension of the Chandrayaan-1 missionlaunched in 2008 and having worked in lunar orbit for 300 days, Chandrayaan-2, originally planned for the end of 2017 - the beginning of 2018, was already postponed several times. First, the start was postponed to the autumn of 2018, then to the spring of 2019. Now the new launch date is called July 15, 2019. If the launch is not transferred, the spacecraft with the moon rover will reach the satellite orbit on September 6 or 7.
It is expected that the moon rover will be able to work for at least two weeks. During this time, he will study the surface of the satellite, collect soil samples, and also take photographs of the moon.
With the success of the landing apparatus on the surface of the moon inAs part of the Chandrayan-2 mission, India will become the fourth country after the United States, the USSR, and China, which managed to land a soft probe on the surface of the satellite.
Recall that a similar achievement triedto achieve Israel, by the private company SpaceIL. Posted on February 21 by means of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle of the American company SpaceX, the Israeli Bereshit unit was to land on Earth's satellite on April 11. During the landing process, the main engine refused him, as a result of which the vehicle crashed on the surface of our satellite.
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