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'Gaganyaan' Gets The Green Signal, 3 Indians To Spend 7 Days In Space In Rs. 10,000 Crore

| December 28 , 2018 , 18:21 IST

India's manned space mission 'Gaganyaan' got a green signal by the Cabinet at a total cost of Rs. 10,000 crores on Friday.

The decision was taken by the Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

'Gaganyaan' will carry three-member crew in space for a minimum seven days into a low earth orbit for 5-7 days,  from the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh. A human-rated GSLV Mk-lll will be used to carry the orbital module which will have necessary provisions for sustaining a three-member crew for the duration of the mission.

ISRO's chief K Sivan had revealed in November that the agency had set a target of achieving the country's ambitious manned mission to space by 2021, with the first unmanned programme of 'Gaganyaan' planned for December 2020.

The space programme, the largest ever, will make India the fourth country to send a human to space. The ambitious project was first announced by PM Modi on August 15, as a part of his Independence speech.

Till date, ISRO has spent Rs. 173 crore developing critical technologies for human space flight. The plan was first pitched in 2008 but was put on the backburner as the economy and Indian rockets experienced setbacks.

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