India plans to build a space station on the Moon in 2040

View of Chandrayaan 2 on the second launch pad. ISRO.

From its humble beginnings, India has emerged as a quiet yet resolute force in the realm of space exploration. Often overshadowed by the feats of traditional superpowers, India has been cementing its position in the cosmos, achieving technological marvels on a fraction of the budget of other nations. But what has driven this Asian giant to gaze upon the stars?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Wikipedia Official.

Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has announced audacious plans: sending a man to the Moon and establishing a space station, all by 2040. Ahead of these ambitious missions, the country prepares meticulously. A key test lies on the horizon: its first crewed space mission. Modi’s gaze isn’t limited to the Moon. By 2035, he envisions the ‘Bharatiya Antariksha Station’ being operational, reaffirming India’s stance in space.

This isn’t the first time India has set its sights on the Moon. It has already called for the preparation of multiple lunar missions. The lunar South Pole has already felt India’s presence. A spacecraft landed near this point in August. Additionally, a mission to study the Sun was also successfully launched. In 2014, India made history by becoming the first Asian country to send a satellite to Mars. Not content with this, they also launched 104 satellites in a single mission three years later.

Space suit for Indian cosmonaut. | Source: Europa Press 2020.

India’s first crewed space mission, slated for next year, promises to send three astronauts into space, all within a budget of just over 1 billion dollars. Collaboration is key. India plans to work alongside Japan on a lunar probe, as well as spearhead its own missions to Mars and Venus. Despite tight budgets, India competes with space powers by adeptly adapting technology and boasting talented engineers at competitive costs. Experts attribute India’s success to the adaptation of existing technology and a highly skilled workforce that works for a fraction of international wages.

India’s space surge is more than just a series of successful missions; it’s a testament to determination, innovation, and vision. This rise not only puts India on the space map but also symbolizes its growing clout on the global stage. With every launch and every mission, India not only explores the cosmos but also redefines what’s possible for a developing nation, inspiring current and future generations to dream beyond the stars.