Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent meeting with Department of Space officials on India’s first manned space mission, Gaganyaan, has set the stage for a new era in Indian space exploration. During this high-level meeting, various aspects of the mission were discussed, highlighting India’s journey toward becoming a prominent player in space exploration.
The meeting, which took place shortly before the first demonstration flight of the Crew Escape Test Vehicle, confirmed the mission’s readiness and marked its launch in 2025. The Department of Space provided the prime minister with a comprehensive overview of the mission, emphasizing key technologies, such as human-rated launch vehicles and system qualification. The statement from the Prime Minister’s Office revealed plans for approximately 20 major tests, including three uncrewed missions of the Human Rated Launch Vehicle (HLVM3).
In a visionary move, PM Modi directed India to aim for ambitious space exploration goals, including the establishment of an ‘Indian Space Station’ by 2035 and sending the first Indian to the Moon by 2040. This marks a significant step toward India’s expanded role in lunar and space research.
The Department of Space, under the prime minister’s leadership, will develop a roadmap for Moon exploration, encompassing Chandrayaan missions, the development of a Next Generation Launch Vehicle (NGLV), the construction of a new launch pad, and the establishment of human-centric laboratories and associated technologies.
PM Modi also encouraged Indian scientists to venture into interplanetary missions, with specific mention of a Venus Orbiter Mission and a Mars Lander. His confidence in India’s capabilities underscores the nation’s commitment to reaching new heights in space exploration.
— ANI (@ANI) October 17, 2023
The impending test flight of an unmanned crew module of the Gaganyaan, scheduled for October 21, 2023, is a significant milestone. This marks India’s continuous progress in space exploration, following the successful Chandrayaan 3 soft landing on the Moon’s South Pole and the launch of the Aditya L1 solar mission.
India’s space ambitions are soaring, and with PM Modi’s visionary leadership, the country is poised to achieve remarkable milestones in space exploration, solidifying its position as a key player in the global space community. Stay tuned for further updates as India embarks on its exciting journey through the cosmos.