India to challenge US-Russia monopoly in space, launch its own space station in 7 years’ time

"sending a man to space, or building an indigenous space station had always been an off the table idea. While China raced ahead. Well, not anymore"

Right from the mid-90s, space has been a two way contest between the two superpowers, Russia and US. India started late but has now excelled in satellite launch technology, interplanetary missions and much more. However, sending a man to space, or building an indigenous space station had always been an off the table idea. While China raced ahead. Well, not anymore. The chairman of ISRO, India’s space agency has announced that India is on course to build and launch its own space station in less than a decade.

India is poised to launch its first manned mission to space in 2022, termed as Gaganyaan. ISRO plans to submit a report to the centre for its ambitious space station program right after the successful launch of the Gaganyaan mission. According to ISRO the space station would be capable to house Indian astronauts for a maximum duration of 20 days. The launch will make India the 4th country after US, Russia and China to have its own space station. It must be noted that the space agency already has a lot in hand with a second mission to moon planned this year and separate missions to Venus and Sun planned in near future.

India is definitely on track to become a space superpower. Very soon the tricolour would fly high in space. And an Indian would float in space, carried by an Indian rocket to an Indian space station.