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India Is Going To Launch It's Own Space Station
In Recent Years, India has started looking to make a name for itself as a significant player in the increasingly competitive territory of Space. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) opened its first facility committed to human spaceflight in February of 2019, where systems are going to be developed to train new crews, plan missions, and of course, keep the crews safe while they go on these missions.

Now, India is committing to taking a massive step that few countries have taken before them: India is looking to launch its very own Space Station. It seems obvious, but it can’t be overstated how complicated of a task this is going to be. So far, only the United States, China, and Russia have had their own space stations, though multiple countries claim partial ownership over the International Space Station, hence it's fitting to name.

While it is absolutely ambitious, the announcement that India plans to create a space station isn't too surprising when you observe the country's recent space-related aspirations.

India is including the creation and launch of this space station in their larger Gaganyaan mission. Before they join the ranks of countries with space stations, they first have their eyes set on launching a crewed vehicle in late 2021. Even sooner is their plan to launch an unmanned vehicle to the Moon. On July 15th 2019, the Indian spacecraft called Chandrayaan-2 will attempt to Soft-landing on the uncharted South Pole of the Moon (Far Side of the Moon), which is not so successful. It was crashed during soft-landing, debris was located after some time by a 33-years-old common man, App maker and mechanical engineer Shanmuga Subramanian using NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LRO) images.

So far, The Indian government has committed 10,000 crores to their Gaganyaan mission, which is roughly $1.5 billion dollars. If all goes well, they will create a Space Station that has a mass of 20 metric tonnes. It will orbit the Earth at an altitude of roughly 300 to 400 kilometres or 186 to 248 miles, and it will be able to accommodate astronauts for up to 20 days in space.

The ISRO won't have any more specific details until after their first manned mission is completed, but they made one thing clear: The ISRO aims to do this independently and will not be collaborating with other countries on this project.

The current plans for the Indian space station make it a good deal smaller than the International Space Station, which has a mass of roughly 408 metric tonnes, but it's over double the size of China's first Space Station, the Tiangong-1, which had a mass of about 8.5 metric tonnes. Its size may not be too impressive, but it's expected that ISRO will be using the station to perform important microgravity experiments and studies. India plans to launch it by 2030 (Expected).

What's possibly more important, however, is what this could mean for India's economy. By creating their own space-station, they directly put themselves within the modern “Space-race”. As resources on Earth continue to increase in demand, it's only a natural progression for us to start out looking to space to find new ways to get/obtain more, and possibly even new, resources.

It's been said that the first trillionaire is going to be made in dealing with space-based products and services. As India steps into the competition, they are making a bold claim to the rest of the world not only about their scientific and technical capabilities, but also their eagerness and willingness to get directly involved in what may be one of the most ambitious and competitive markets humankind has ever dealt in.

Whatever the outcome, the fact that India, our own country is ready to start making these moves says a great deal about humanity as a whole: Our future is not to be tethered to this Earth. Space calls to us as a species, and now India is ready to help us answer that call!!!

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