October 18, 2023
NEW DELHI – Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked Indian scientists to aim for new and ambitious goals, including setting up a ‘Bharatiya Antriksh Station’ (Indian Space Station) by 2035 and sending first Indian to the Moon by 2040 by building on the success of the Indian space initiatives like the recent Chandrayan-3 and Aditya L1 Missions.
He was chairing a high-level meeting to assess the progress of India’s Gaganyaan Mission and to outline the future of India’s space exploration endeavours.
The Department of Space presented a comprehensive overview of the Gaganyaan Mission, including various technologies developed so far such as human-rated launch vehicles and system qualification.
It was noted that around 20 major tests, including 3 uncrewed missions of the Human Rated Launch Vehicle (HLVM3) are planned. First demonstration flight of the Crew Escape System Test Vehicle is scheduled on 21 October. The meeting evaluated the mission’s readiness, affirming its launch in 2025.
To realise this vision, the Department of Space will develop a roadmap for Moon exploration. This will encompass a series of Chandrayaan missions, the development of a Next Generation Launch Vehicle (NGLV), construction of a new launch pad, setting up human-centric Laboratories and associated technologies.
The PM also called upon the scientists to work towards interplanetary missions that would include a Venus Orbiter Mission and a Mars Lander. He expressed confidence in India’s capabilities and affirmed the nation’s commitment to scaling new heights in space exploration.