As India readies to launch its first unmanned lunar mission on 22nd October, space authorities are awaiting the green signal from the government for the country’s maiden human space flight planned around 2015.
A project report on the human space flight is ready and is awaiting final approval from the government, SHAR Director M P Dathan said.
For the proposed human space flight (manned mission) programme, Dathan said there will be a new launchpad–the third–at Sriharikota.
Dathan said the indigenously built geosynchronous launch vehicle will be upgraded to undertake this mission.
According to ISRO officials,this human space flight is expected in 2015.
On critics questioning the need for a moon mission by India after several countries have undertaken similar ventures in the past, ISRO officials said though dozens of manned and unmanned spacecraft have explored the moon, this does not mean that every important aspect of the moon is known to humans or is fully understood by them.
On the contrary, they said there are many secrets which the moon is yet to reveal.