Gaganyaan, India’s first manned space mission, has been delayed because ISRO is developing environmental control and life support for astronauts after finding the cost of importing these components prohibitively expensive, according to ISRO chairman S Somanath on the sidelines of the Indian Science Congress on Wednesday.

Somanath also stated that the initial plan was to import some technologies from other countries, such as Russia and Europe, but that they were not readily available. Environmental control and life support systems were scheduled to arrive from Russia at an exorbitant cost. So we decided to do it ourselves.

The Gaganyaan mission is a significant milestone for the Indian space program, as it will be the first time that India has sent humans to space. The mission is expected to include several unmanned test flights before the crewed mission takes place, and will include the development of a new crew capsule and launch vehicle. The Gaganyaan mission is seen as an important step for India’s space program as it looks to establish itself as a major player in the global space industry.