Wednesday, April 7, 2010

ISRO aims for the space tourism

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is known to be taking space tourism very seriously. With the new chief Dr K Radhakrishnan in position, the organization is exploring new strategies and technologies for low cost space tourism.
Thus far space tourism has been very expensive. The Russian Space Agency is providing space tourism. A flight on the Soyuz to the International Space Station is known to have been costing $20-35 million. The space tourists also conduct research for third parties.

“Space tourism is something where India can play a niche role with its affordable solutions. However, this will take some time. India’s Chandrayaan programme was less costly than the private jet gifted by Mukesh Ambani to his wife.” says Ajey Lele from the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA). A space tourism operator called Virgin Galactic has been charging $200,000 for a few minutes of space experience.

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