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Gaganyaan has opened space to the private sector: Within a decade Indian industry should begin providing space tourism too


Last month, GoI approved the formation of the board for IN-SPACe, a single-window nodal agency that is mandated to help propel the country’s space sector into its next phase. Of course at present a lot of anticipation is tied to Gaganyaan, India’s first human spaceflight mission. Isro chairman K Sivan and S Unnikrishnan Nair, director, Isro Human Space Flight Centre, spoke to Chethan Kumar about preparations for the mission:

What does Gaganyaan represent for India?

Sivan: Gaganyaan has a multifold objective. First and foremost is to demonstrate India’s capability to send humans to space and bring them back safely. There are many technological developments needed for Gaganyaan, which will allow India to gain knowledge of such technologies. Launching satellites itself is a very complex job, and putting humans in space is even more complex, needing several advanced technologies. These will provide spinoffs for the private sector for commercial use.

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