CrackitToday App

India’s Space Station by 2030

China’s Space Station:

As China gears up to become the only country to have an exclusive and probably the only space station by 2024 or latest by 2030, its neighbor, India too has plans to follow suit in a few years.

  • Recently, the Union Minister for Space Jitendra Singh announced in Parliament that India’s first space station would be set up by 2030.
  • Even though the retirement of the ISS is currently scheduled for 2024, NASA and the international partners have indicated that the ISS’s operational life could be extended to 2030.

China’s Space Station:

  • The new multi-module Tiangong station is set to be operational for at least 10 years.
  • The space station will operate in low-Earth orbit at an altitude of 340-450 km above Earth’s surface.
  • The low orbit space station would be the country’s eye from the sky, providing round the clock bird’s-eye view for its astronauts on the rest of the world.
  • It shall aid China’s aim to become a major space power by 2030.
  • China’s space station will be equipped with a robotic-arm over which the US has raised concerns for its possible military applications.
  • The Concern is that this technology “could be used in a future system for grappling other satellites”.

Indian Space Station:

  • The Indian space station will be much smaller (mass of 20 tonnes) than the International Space Station and will be used for carrying out microgravity experiments (not for space tourism).
  • Preliminary plan for the space station is to accommodate astronauts for up to 20 days in space, and the project will be an extension of the Gaganyaan mission.
  • It will orbit Earth at an altitude of around 400km.
  • ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) is working on a space docking experiment (Spadex), a technology that is crucial for making the space station functional.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

CrackitToday App