India plans manned space mission in 2016

India will launch its first manned space mission in 2016 in a bid to match space pioneers such as Russia and the United States, a top official said Wednesday.

The government had already approved plans for a human space flight project by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), and last year gave the go-ahead for funding of around 2.8 billion dollars.

ISRO chairman K. Radhakrishnan said the agency would develop the space module for the programme within four years.

"We are planning a human space flight in 2016, with two astronauts who will spend seven days in the Earth's lower orbit," Radhakrishnan told reporters at ISRO headquarters in Bangalore.

The space agency will also establish a facility in Bangalore for training the and build a third at its in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.

In September, India's Chandrayaan-1 satellite discovered water on the moon, boosting India's credibility among established space-faring nations.

began its space programme in 1963 and has developed its own satellites and launch vehicles to cut dependence on overseas agencies.

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Jan 27, 2010
I hope India succeeds. By that time the US won't be able to place a man in orbit because of the current adminstration (who are democrats) anti real science and technology stance. That and we will not have two dimes to rub together.

Jan 27, 2010
progressive leftist forced banks by using legislation to lend to people who they knew couldn't affort home loans. It is the default of the loans that caused the meltdown.... but that is off topic... if you want more info on this please PM me.

Having leftist democrats in power is destroying our spaceflight dreams. Belows story shows that Obama is abandoning the moon project.


Its very sad that India and China is humanities only hope for space travel.

Jan 27, 2010
I seriously doubt India will make it by 2016, 2025 is more like it. India has far too many distractions. Money for the US Moon program could be had by firing the two thirds of NASA engineers who don't do anything but collect a paycheck.

Jan 28, 2010

The Democrats put us on the moon; they also gave us "the bomb". The "progressives" made the USA a superpower. It was the Republicans under Nixon that ended space exploration condmening us to decades of thumb twiddling in low earth orbit.

Obama can't commit to an extensive space program because the bankers bankrupted the country.

Jan 28, 2010

Please research the fact instead of repeating Democratic talking points.

Banks are overregulated. If you dont lend to the poor, who cant pay back, then you cant lend to others. It was known for a long time that the banking practice was unsustainable, but at every turn, progressives were stacking the deck.

When you stated that if bankers did lend to the poor they wouldn't be poor, shows your ignornace. Lending to a poor person who you know cant pay you back, wont pay you back, will not make the person rich. It will just make the both of you poor. Funny.... Isnt that just what happened???

Jan 28, 2010

Jan 28, 2010
For the risk of going off topic. I think We agree banks should not have been bailed out, neither should the car makers. Let these institutions collapse and allow new companies to emerge.

Banks and Insurance companies are very highly regulated. But it was government regulation, government Incompetence, government rules, that caused and allowed the banks to do what they did. The government cannot be absolved of their involvement and those in Government involved should be prosecuted.

Interesting fact... which party did the banks and insurance companies give the most donations too in the last decade? If you said Republicans, you would be wrong. It was the Democrats.

As for progressives, they gave us Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Chavez, and our own economic collapse. History shows us where progressive thought leads to. That is why I am an independant. If a Republican lies, don't cover for them. If a Democrat lies, don't cover for them either. Hold elected officials accountable.

Jan 29, 2010
Sorry Dunbar, the enemy of democracy and capitalism is progressivism. You sound reasonable, so please read up on progressivism. It gave rise to Hitler, Stalin, Mao, eugenics, communism. It is a very distructive philosopy it is one that believes only the elite can rule, the rest of us are too stupid to know what is good for us.

Jan 30, 2010
Ad Astra India! Maybe we could hit a ride to Leo with there space program. P.S. Off Topic gentleman! where's the Mod on this site?

Feb 01, 2010
Stalin, Mao, utopia was for the few as well. If your a Progressives today you believe like Stalin, Moa, Hitler, that a few elite should rule the world, and that the masses are too dumb to know what is good for them. They believe in Government control of peoples lives.

I agree with Dunbar, we should save this discussion for a politics forum, I just wanted to point out that the democrat party, contrary to what it says, what the media portrays them as, is not the party of science.

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