Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has carried out detailed study on the feasibility of undertaking indigenous manned space mission to low earth orbit in about eight to 10 years time frame, Rajya Sabha was informed on Thursday.
Towards this objective, studies covering various aspects of design and development of manned capsule, man rating of launch vehicle, safety and reliability, crew training, critical long term facilities etc., were presented to a gathering of prominent scientists and technologists, Minister of State in PMO Prithviraj Chavan said in a written reply.
Following this, he said scientists have recommended the Indian manned mission initiative. However, he said no detailed study has been carried out on manned mission to moon.
Chavan also clarified that feasibility exists to realise the manned capsule indigenously with involvement and participation from various national agencies, research and development laboratories, academic institutions and industry.
The detailed cost estimate for the manned space mission is not made. However, the preliminary assessment is that the programme for the mission to low earth orbit may need about Rs 10,000 crores spread over a period of nearly 8-10 years.
Chavan said India has signed MOUs/agreements for cooperation in the area of space with 27 countries/space agencies so far.
They are: Australia, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, China, EUMETSAT, European Space Agency, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mauritius, Mangolia, Myanmar, Norway, Peru, The Russian Federation, Sweden, Thailand, the Netherlands, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America and Venezuela.