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In a landmark decision, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has announced plans to establish its own space station, named Bharatiya Antariksha Station, in orbit around Earth. This ambitious project is slated to commence in 2035 and aims to become operational by 2040.

The announcement was made by ISRO chief S Somanath during a recent interview. He emphasized that the upcoming space station will play a pivotal role in India’s space exploration endeavors, enabling long-duration human spaceflight, conducting scientific research, and developing new technologies for space exploration.

While the Gaganyaan program, focused on developing human spaceflight capabilities, remains a priority for ISRO, the Bharatiya Antariksha Station represents the next step in India’s space ambitions. Somanath stated that once the Gaganyaan program successfully sends Indian astronauts into space, ISRO will shift its focus to constructing the space station in phases.

The timeline for the space station project is estimated to span the next 20 to 25 years, with the initial phase involving the development of critical modules and systems. The station will eventually accommodate multiple astronauts and provide facilities for conducting various scientific experiments and technological advancements.

Somanath expressed ISRO’s commitment to manned exploration and long-duration human spaceflights, highlighting the importance of the Bharatiya Antariksha Station in achieving these goals. The space station will serve as a platform for conducting research in various fields, including microgravity science, material science, and life sciences, contributing to India’s scientific progress.

India’s foray into space station development marks a significant milestone in its space program and reinforces its position as a leading global player in space exploration. The Bharatiya Antariksha Station, once operational, will open up new avenues for scientific discovery, technological innovation, and human exploration of the cosmos.

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