India plans to establish its own “very small” space station in the next decade as the country gears up for a first manned mission beyond earth.
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief K. Sivan said Thursday that the ambitious project would follow a successful launch of a manned space flight scheduled by 2022.
“Our space station is going to be very small… useful to carry out experiments,” Sivan told reporters in New Delhi.
“We are not having a big plan of sending humans on tourism and other things,” he added.
A space station is capable of hosting crew members for years on end, and provides facilities for experiments and support vehicles to dock.
India’s first manned space mission — named Gaganyaan — is due to take place by 2022, in time to commemorate 75 of years of the country’s independence from Britain.