India conducts space flight test ahead of planned mission to take astronauts into space in 2025

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NEW DELHI (AP) — India successfully conducted its first test flight Saturday after overcoming a technical glitch before plans to carry astronauts. place place By 2025, the space agency.

Indian Space Research Organization chief S Somanath said the experiment involved launching a module into space and bringing it back to Earth to test the spacecraft’s crew escape system and recovery after landing in the Bay of Bengal.

Morning launch delayed by 45 minutes due to weather. The attempt was again delayed by more than an hour due to engine problems and the ground computer put the module’s lift-off on hold, Somanath said.

The fault caused by a monitoring anomaly in the system was corrected and the test was successfully carried out 75 minutes later from the Sriharikota satellite launch center in southern India, Somanath told reporters.

This will pave the way for other unmanned missions, including sending a robot into space next year.

India successfully launched in September It was the first space mission to study the Sun. Less than two weeks after a successful uncrewed landing nearby Moon’s south polar region.

After a failed attempt to land on the moon in 2019, India joined the United States, Soviet Union and China as the fourth country to achieve the milestone in September.

The successful mission showcases India’s growing position as a technology and space powerhouse and dovetails with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s desire to project an image of an upstart country, cementing its place among the global elite.

Signaling a roadmap for India’s future space ambitions, Modi announced earlier this week that India’s space agency would set up an Indian-made space station by 2035 and land an Indian astronaut on the moon by 2040.

Active since the 1960s, India has launched satellites for itself and other countries, and in 2014 successfully placed one in Mars orbit. India is planning its first mission to the International Space Station next year in collaboration with the United States



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