After starting the work on the moon mission, the
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is contemplating
a manned mission to the space.
meeting of several scientists to discuss the issue related
to Indian manned space mission was organised by ISRO
at its headquarters in Bangalore on 7th November, 2006.
concept for the manned space mission include the development
of an autonomous orbital vehicle which could be launched
by India's geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV) Mk II,
or GSLV-Mk III.
B N Suresh, Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC)
presented to the gathering of scientists, the studies
carried out by ISRO in the last four years to examine
the technological challenges of a manned space mission
and the Indian capability to undertake such a mission.
And deputy director, Madan Lal made a detailed presentation
on the various aspects of the mission.
to the study, ISRO has maturity in many of the technologies
required for manned space missions. However, new developments
are required in life support systems, improved reliability
and safety, crew escape system and others.
some of the facilities required are available in the
country and could be used with augmentation, a few have to be established afresh.
scientists present at the meeting were of the view that
the time is right for India to undertake a manned mission.
those who attended the meeting today were Prof U R Rao,
Prof Yash Pal, Prof R Narasimha, Dr R M Vasagam, N Pant,
Dr P S Goel, Wg Cmdr Rakesh Sharma, Dr N Balakrishnan,
Dr A R Upadhya, Dr T S Prahlad, Dr S Vasantha, Prof
G N V Rao, Prof V Radhakrishnan, A K Saxena, K V S S
Prasad, Avinash Chander, AVM D C Kumaria, Lt Gen Vijan,
Dr Pankaj Tyagi besides G Madhavan Nair, chairman, ISRO,
directors and senior scientists
of ISRO Centres.
Rs10,000 crore, (preliminary project cost over 8 years)
the mission perhaps would cost the moon!