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Indian Space Research Organisation to send Indian into space by 2022

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 15 August 2018, 17:30 IST

India space agency ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) is planning to fly an Indian astronaut into space for the first time by 2022, an agency official stated.

"All the critical technologies for the human space mission are being developed. We will pursue it to put an Indian astronaut in space by 2022," a senior ISRO official told IANS, citing the space agency Chairman K.Sivan's statement.

While addressing the nation on the occasion of 72nd Independence Day in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that an Indian would be sent to space by 2022.

Currently, so far, from the US, Russia and China have only launched human spaceflights.

"Critical technologies are being developed for our human space programme, as it is India's dream to put a man in space. A mission document is in the making," Sivan had said on July 7 at an event here.

The space agency (ISRO) carried out a successful maiden pad abort tests on July 5 at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh for the safe escape of the crew in an emergency.

"The technology is very essential for our manned missions in the future," Sivan had said.

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First published: 15 August 2018, 17:30 IST