ZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3591 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2156 times:
"India’s manned mission to space has taken a small step forward with the fabrication of the ergonomic model of the crew module that will take two Indian astronauts into space in seven years from now. "
More interesting than the boilerplate reentry module though is the drawing of the complete spacecraft and launch vehicle..... Appears to have some sort of service engine, indicating an orbital manuever capability, or is it just an upper stage??
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Connies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2137 times:
Interesting article, ZANL188. Tx.
I'd say the nozzle at the base of the crew module is definitely for on-orbit manouevring. The GSLV-III should have more than enough power to put the thing into LEO.
Why is India doing this ? Same reason as China, I'd say:
-- demonstrate to the world that they are technologically advanced;
-- show their own citizens that the government can set and attain goals -> therefore support the government.
I would be surprised if this was just a one-off. There will most likely be a programme of at least several flights, and I would not be surprised at all to see a man-tended lab appear in the near future.