INDIA ON MANNED-FLIGHT MISSION:
Indian scientists are on course to sending the country’s first manned flight to space. A number of critical technologies are being developed for a possible human space flight in the future. A full-scale, unmanned crew module is getting ready to be flown on board the experimental flight of GSLV Mk-III, to understand its ballistic re-entry characteristics. On India’s first inter-planetary probe vehicle, the Mars-Orbiter spacecraft, the mission was on the verge of creating history.
The Mars Orbiter spacecraft has traversed nearly 88%of the distance along its designated path to the red planet. The next operational milestone is the insertion of the spacecraft into the Martian Orbit on September 24, 2014. If successful, India would be the first Asian country to orbit a space-craft around planet Mars and the first country in the world to achieve it in the first attempt.
Recognizing the increasing demand for communication satellites in the country, ISRO was open to partnership with foreign industries to acquire the best of technology and also to upgrade their current satellite platforms. India is having a constellation of 13 earth observation satellites, several new ones are being planned to replace ageing satellites, so as to enhance observation capability. The yet-to- be launched Astro-sat would also work as a multi-wavelength space-borne observatory that would enable simultaneous observation of celestial bodies in ultra-violet, visible and X-ray bands. September 24th would be a remarkable day in the history.