- Private Sector participation will enhance the capacity and resources of our space missions
- India’s first human space mission “Gaganyaan” will not be affected by COVID pandemic
- Chandrayaan-3 Lunar mission is planned for launch next year
New Delhi: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh has emphasised that besides enhancing the capacity and resources of our space missions, increased participation of private players in India’s Space Programme will enhance the capacity and resources of our space missions and discourage brain drain of talented space scientists and experts who were moving out of India in search of a break.
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The Minister also reiterated that the launch of India’s first human space mission “Gaganyaan” will not be affected by COVID pandemic and preparation are carrying on in the right direction.
Dr Singh said that even though because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the training of four Indian astronauts in Russia had to be halted, yet the opinion of Chairman, ISRO, and the scientific team is that there had been kept a “cushion” both in the training programme and launch deadline.The training of astronauts has now been resumedand the launch is scheduled to take place as planned, before the 75th anniversary of India’s independence in 2022.
A regulatory body called “Indian National Space Promotion & Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe)” is to be established. This will help provide a level playing field to private players and encourage their participation, the Minister said.
About Chandrayaan-3 Lunar mission, Dr Singh said, it is planned for launch next year. This mission will involve a lander, rover and a propulsion system to carry the modules to move but it would not have orbiter as the previous orbiter is fully operational, he added.