India’s Space Program Seeks Rebound in 2022 Written 5 January 2022


India's PSLV-C48 lifting off at the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. | Associated Press–©

Space News reports that Indian space agency ISRO Chairman K. Sivan “says he expects much more in 2022, including an uncrewed test flight for its human spaceflight program.” Sivan wrote, “There is a feeling that very little happened in ISRO during 2021. That feeling is primarily due to less number of launches.” ISRO “carried out only two launches in 2021,” a satellite aboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle launched in February, and an Earth imaging satellite launched aboard a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle. A key initiative for 2022 is the launch of Gaganyaan, India’s first crewed mission. Sivan wrote, “There is a directive to launch the first unmanned mission before the 75th anniversary of India’s independence and all the stake-holders are putting their best effort to meet the schedule. I am sure that we will be able to meet this target.”
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