India aims to send humans to space by August 2022

The launch of a communication satellite on the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III at Sriharikota last year. In the manned mission, the astronauts are to spend five to seven days in orbit 400km in space.
The launch of a communication satellite on the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III at Sriharikota last year. In the manned mission, the astronauts are to spend five to seven days in orbit 400km in space.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Mission gains urgency with goal set for before 75th anniversary of country's independence

India has announced that it will send three of its astronauts to a low Earth orbit before the 75th anniversary of the country's independence on Aug 15, 2022.

If successful, it will become the fourth country - after Russia, the United States and China - to send humans to space.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 03, 2018, with the headline 'India aims to send humans to space by August 2022'. Print Edition | Subscribe