India to send manned mission to space by 2022: Modi

India will launch its first manned space mission by 2022

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Wednesday that India would send an astronaut into space before or by 2022, challenging India's space agency to pursue its first-ever manned space mission and setting a surprise target date. "And I am happy to announce that by 2022, the 75th Independence year, we are planning a manned space mission", Modi said in his Independence Day speech from the Red Fort.

Chairman K. Sivan, the plan to put an Indian into space, on its own, for the first time by 2022 will create as many as 15,000 jobs.

"We have been dreaming about this for the last 10 years, and now the prime minister has taken a very bold decision".

"Of course, we have to do lot of things - training of astronauts, make and use life support systems, among others. The project has been under way; now we need to prioritise and achieve the target".

India's space programme, under policies set by its earliest architects, had for decades focused on ground applications of space.

According to him, ISRO has already tested the crew module and crew escape systems.

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) had proposed India's human space flight programme - Vyom - almost a decade ago. They launched over 100 satellites. If successful, India would be the fourth nation to achieve the feat after the US, Russia and China. Sharma was a part of Soviet Union's Soyuz T-11 expedition, launched on April 2, 1984, as part of the Intercosmos programme.

In the run-up to the first manned mission, said to be the largest project undertaken by the Indian space agency, the ISRO will conduct the next unmanned test flight by 2020. She was one of the seven crew members who died in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003.

K Radhakrishnan, former ISRO chairman under whose leadership the Mangalyaan mission was launched in 2013, termed the announcement of Gaganyaan mission a "turning point" for the ISRO.

V.R. Lalithambika, a specialist in advanced launcher technologies, will helm the project as Director of the Human Space Flight Project.

The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also called Mangalyaan, is a space probe orbiting Mars since September 24, 2014.

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