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Indian PM announces manned spaceflight in 2022

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posted on Aug, 14 2018 @ 10:51 PM
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As part of his Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Modi announced India will attempt their first manned spaceflight in 2022. There is almost no detail about what is planned. We can make some conjectures though.

We know based on their recent pad abort test that India will be using a more tradition capsule. This will be like most of the current spacefaring nations, the current Russian Soyuz (and dubiously coming Federation), the coming American Orion, Starliner and Dragon and the Chinese Shenzhou. The outliers are the American DreamChaser and the possible Chinese spaceplane coming circa 2022. The capsule will almost certainly launch on the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle III rocket: the initial suborbital test of the rocket carried a test capsule to reentry and recovery technologies.

There's little information on the life support equipment or thruster tests, but given if the Soviet Union and United States of the 1960s could develop this stuff very rapidly, I imagine the rest India hasn't talked about publicly (or I have missed) should be relatively easy to do. India could very well make this deadline.

The bigger problem for India is India: they have a very slow development cycle. The Tejas fighter makes the F-35 development cycle seem speedy. Their indigenous carrier and nuclear sub programs have been going on for 40 years and almost made it to the point of finishing their first examples. If they can cut through the red tape, then India can get this done: they have plenty of very smart people. It's the red tape that seems to be so impressively painful there that will cause them to miss this deadline, not their technical capabilities.




posted on Aug, 15 2018 @ 12:55 AM
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originally posted by: anzha
The bigger problem for India is India: they have a very slow development cycle. The Tejas fighter makes the F-35 development cycle seem speedy. Their indigenous carrier and nuclear sub programs have been going on for 40 years and almost made it to the point of finishing their first examples. If they can cut through the red tape, then India can get this done: they have plenty of very smart people. It's the red tape that seems to be so impressively painful there that will cause them to miss this deadline, not their technical capabilities.


This is a very astute observation. The technical and industrial spinoffs from this project can really help India, and inspire great leaps in education. However, the endemic bureaucracy and corruption still shackle that great nation.



posted on Aug, 15 2018 @ 01:59 AM
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a reply to: anzha



And the UK still sends them AID money




posted on Aug, 15 2018 @ 05:18 AM
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Good on India! Bout time other nations get in on this space business! Be good for a future united interstellar force for humanity!



posted on Aug, 15 2018 @ 05:19 AM
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originally posted by: eletheia
a reply to: anzha


And the UK still sends them AID money



I'd wager the aid is more so a ways for Britain to maintain some influence in the region.



posted on Aug, 15 2018 @ 09:12 AM
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And yet.....in another current thread.....2700 Indians is some Indian city, clean sh*t off of street with a grass brush and in bare feet, because the 1000s of people wont use the 3 toilets!!....The street is much better to poop in.

But they can build spacecraft, and aim for the stars.....

Humans are a strange animal, that's for sure.

Not sure if the Galactic Federation will let them join yet, until they clean up their act....get it, clean up......never mind.



posted on Aug, 15 2018 @ 09:49 AM
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I work with a lot of Indians and they might smart but they are not real bright. Thinking outside the box or creatively has to be taught to them. They also have several classes and the work always runs down hill. Had an electronics guy that could design anything but never could build anything. After a couple of years of the tech complaining that he was handing stuff off that wasn't ready we figured out he thought it was their job to MAKE it work after he told them what to do. He wanted credit for all the work and when the techs started getting praised for getting things done he got mad and quit. No loss.




posted on Aug, 15 2018 @ 09:50 AM
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originally posted by: Southern Guardian
Good on India! Bout time other nations get in on this space business! Be good for a future united interstellar force for humanity!
...with the US leading space dominance with our advanced and military grade space force, courtesy of our POTUS 😌

I too am excited for the future, can't you wait?

India has shown progress, but on the scale of Chinese progress? No. I do think that its beaucracy and red tape as well that is killing any progress.

Modi needs to shake up the playing field, or perhaps they need something to happen to them to light the fire under their arses.

Many current social issues also plague their potential ascension as well.



posted on Aug, 15 2018 @ 09:52 AM
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Ile be more impressed if they do it in a Vimana.



posted on Aug, 15 2018 @ 10:29 AM
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I find comments criticising nations like India for investing in space narrow minded and ill-informed.

India's space economy employs Indian scientists that require educating. Equipment needs to be manufactured. Launching payloads generates income.

Let's not forgot the words of this song that came out at the height if the USA's space race.




posted on Aug, 15 2018 @ 11:07 AM
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a reply to: OneBigMonkeyToo

Yes.

There is a lot of evidence that shows the exponential growth in technology over the past few decades was due in a large part to the Apollo program. Apollo was a giant "technological government works program" than required the U.S. to invest in new technologies and manufacturing, which spurred on the next generation of young people to concentrate their educational efforts on the sciences and technology.

Maybe Whitey being on the Moon didn't give Gill Scott Heron and his sister any direct immediate relief from her rat bite, but his children and her children certainly would have been able to benefit.

edit on 15/8/2018 by Soylent Green Is People because: (no reason given)



posted on Aug, 15 2018 @ 02:37 PM
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So, kinda like the US then? Seen San Francisco lately?




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