Indian space centre plans manned space probe by 2015

July 12th, 2009 - 5:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Thiruvananthapuram, July 12 (IANS) The Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), a unit of the country’s premier Indian space research programme, plans to send two humans into space by 2015, an official said here Sunday.
Speaking to IANS, director of the VSSC unit here K. Radhakrishnan said the project is awaiting a final clearance from the central government.

“The pre-project approval of Rs.95 crore ($19 million) has already come and the approval of the main project is being awaited,” said Radhakrishnan.

The human spaceflight program is to develop and launch an orbital vehicle to carry a two-member crew to the earth’s lower orbit.

“Our estimate is that it should happen by 2015,” said Radhakrishnan.

The director also confirmed reports that space suits for the project will be manufactured at organisation’s unit here.

“Yes, we would be making these suits. But then that is just one of the many things which we would be doing here as part of the major programme,” he said.

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