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Revisiting India's space exploration

09-29-2011 14:50 BJT Special Report:Tiangong I - China's first space rendezvous and docking task |

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China is launching the Tiangong-1 space module on its own, but it has also been discussing possibly becoming a part of the International Space Station. But it’s a different story in neighboring India. That country is not thinking about becoming a part of the ISS and instead is focusing on its first manned mission to the moon.

The space shuttle program of the American space agency NASA has come to an end, a turning point in the world space exploration efforts. This has also put attention to Asia with China launching its first space station.

India is now concentrating on its manned mission to space. The deadline for this is around 2016. But in the recent past India suffered two back to back GSLV or geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle failures and that’s what made Indian explore the idea of first trying a robotic mission instead of a manned one.

Ajey Lele from Institute for Defence Study and Analysis said, "India has got a slightly different orientation of its space program. India is concentrating on satellites particularly for its communication requirement and other socio political requirements."

Ajey Lele from Institute for Defence Study and Analysis said, "India has got a slightly different orientation of its space program. India is concentrating on satellites particularly for its communication requirement and other socio political requirements. On the other hand in fancy projects like space stations or moon missions, India has already finished its first moon and now India is preparing for its second moon mission. So in my mind India is now concentrating on what we call deep space - moon and mars mission than its own space station."

The Indian decision on manned flights also implies that the Indian space agency has quietly opted out of the Asian space race - at least for next few years. China on the other hand has already had three manned missions. But experts say, it’s best not to compare both the countries.

Ajey Lele said, "The concept of a competition among states is a cold war era concept. After the cold war states have understood that there is no charm into getting in a competition just for the heck of it and then getting into financial problems. So, India has got its own budget and it has got its own guidelines and its own road and from that perspective India’s program is doing and as far as China is concerned they have got their own program."

India has had many successes in its space program. India has had enormous success with its PSLV and GSLV and this has made the developed world realize that India has one of the most cost affective space technology. In India communication satellites have had far greater societal impact than perhaps a manned mission would have.

Currently India is readying itself for a successful GSLV launch and for this it has taken corrective measures. In the coming months, the Indian space research organization is expected to come out with breakthroughs in development of advanced technology that are needed for expected to benefit the country.

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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