Bharatiya Space Station : ISRO Module Station
India aims to establish its own permanent space station called ‘Bharatiya Space Station’ over the next 25 years.
- The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has set a target to launch the first module of this station by 2028.
- This is likely to be an 8-ton module launched using India’s LVM3 rocket.
- ISRO aims to have a fully operational space station with greater launch capacity, facilities for docking crew and cargo transporters, zero gravity research labs and more.
- To support the space station, ISRO is developing more powerful rockets capable of lifting 20–25-ton payloads to Low Earth orbit.
- These heavy lift vehicles will allow assembling a modular station by launching segments separately and joining them in space. They can also support possible future interplanetary missions.
- ISRO has also opened up the space sector to private players to spur research and innovation.
- Their participation can enhance launch services, satellite manufacturing and applications benefiting the public.