Mission Gaganyaan, announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Independence Day speech earlier this year, gets approved by the Union Cabinet. The Cabinet approved a budget of Rs. 10,000 crore for India’s space mission which aims to send three astronauts to space for a minimum of seven days, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad announced.
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman Dr K Sivan had said earlier that they intend to achieve the mission by 2022. ISRO is looking forward to launch the biggest rocket, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk III) from Sriharikota in the coming years.
India’s first manned mission when completed, it would make India only the fourth nation to send a human to space after United States, Russia and China.
The space agency plans to kick off at least 50 satellite launches over the next three years. It has also taken a hike on Chandrayaan-2, its mission to land a rover on the moon, which has been held up over a year. India’s first and the only astronaut Rakesh Sharma visited the outer space in 1984 on a Russian spacecraft.