ISRO takes big leap to breach new frontiers in Outer Space

New Delhi: India’s space ambitions are reaching new heights as the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has set its sights on building the Indian Space Station (BAS), a modular space station that is planned to be assembled in multiple phases. Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Dr Jitendra Singh revealed that the BAS is currently in the concept stage. ISRO is carefully studying the overall architecture, including the number and type of modules and docking ports required for the ambitious project.

This initial model is planned to be in place by 2028, with developmental trials beginning in early 2025. The final version of the space station is targeted to be completed by 2035, marking a significant milestone in India’s space exploration journey.

ISRO chief S Somnath, speaking at the International Space Summit 2024 in Gandhinagar, outlined the country’s visionary goals for its space programme. He emphasized that the Gaganyaan mission, to be launched by 2026, will not only showcase India’s ability to send humans to space.

The establishment of the Indian Space Station is set to significantly increase India’s presence in space research and exploration. It will provide a unique platform for conducting scientific experiments in microgravity and promote advancements in space technology, potentially leading to economic activities based on lunar resources by 2040, as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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