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India will build its own space station in the next decade

Yesterday, Indian Space and Research Organization (ISRO) announced its ambitious plan to put up a space station in the next decade. The space agency’s chief, K. Sivan, said the idea is to build the space station in the next seven years, and launch it by 2030.

Sivan mentioned that India doesn’t plan to carry out research experiments from the Internation Space Station (ISS), and wants to build its own facility. He added that it’ll be a hub for microgravity research.

The ISRO chief stressed upon the fact that the station’s not going to be too big:

Our station won’t be very big, it’ll have a mass of 15-20 tons, and be used for microgravity tests. It will have provision to host people for 15-20 days.

Engineers at the agency have also been quietly working on a space docking experiment (Spadex) for three years that allows astronauts to transfer from one spacecraft to another. It can also aid the refueling and transfer of materials from the space station.

Credit: ISRO