Manned Missions to Space – History, Gaganyaan Mission and the Humans in Space Policy for India

As India plans to launch ‘Gaganyaan’ and have a sustained human presence in space, the subject of manned missions to space becomes an important issue to discuss. With countries like Russia, the U.S, and few others successfully sending their manned space flights in space, India endeavors to join the group of these nations simultaneously. With the Indian space sector getting a boost and hopes held high, it is time that the various aspects of humans in space are looked at and prospects of such plans are discussed. 

Opening Up of India’s Space Sector: Opportunities, challenges

Recently, The Union Cabinet approved the formation of the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe). The move marks the first leap in opening up the space sector to the private players after the Finance Minister declared government’s intentions to open up in her declaration of Atmanirbhar Package.

[Mindmap] Compilation of Space Missions (for UPSC Prelims) – Learn/Revise Faster

Compilation of all space missions under different categories like Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, etc and under different organisations NASA, ISRO, ESA, JAXA, etc. Updated up to June 2020.

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Aditya L1 Mission – Objectives, Importance, Challenges

Indian Space research organization continues to add feathers to its crown with its ambitious project reaching the Sun. After its first space-based launch AstroSat (2015), India is on course to launch Aditya L1, its first mission to the Sun in 2020. Aditya L1 will be India’s first dedicated scientific mission to study the sun.

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Space Activities Bill 2017 – Commercializing Indian Space Sector

India has successfully demonstrated its space prowess for a while now. However, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has monopolized this sector for a very long time. For India to become a global space power, it is essential to bring in the private players on board for a higher success rate.

Currently, the new start-ups are emerging in the space sector for undertaking ambitious projects like launching palm-sized satellites and propulsion of satellites using cleaner fuels. With the promise of high returns of the investment in this sector, there is an increased inflow of investments into these start-ups.

For the success of these new companies, it is essential for the Indian Government to provide a law that assures ease of doing business and faster promotion of these aspiring projects. The Space Activities Bill, 2017 is a major leap forward in this direction.

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Chandrayaan 2 – All you need to know about India’s second Lunar Mission

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced that India’s 2nd lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 is scheduled to be launched in July 2019. The Chandrayaan-2’s lander will touch down near Moon’s south pole in September 2019. This mission holds so much significance for Indian and international space research which we will discuss in this article.

Mission Shakti – Why is it Path-Breaking?

Recently, the DRDO’s anti-satellite missile system (ASAT) project named Mission Shakti successfully destroyed a live satellite in the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) (300 km altitude). With this test, India became the fourth country after the US, Russia, and China to achieve the feat. It is considered to be a milestone for the institutions and a significant development in terms of strengthening the country’s overall security. However, the test also sparked controversy regarding space militarization and space debris.

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