India announced that the department of space is in the process of drafting a space policy that is comprehensive and integrated. It is about the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) working on developing capabilities for space tourism. Union Minister Jitendra Singh announced the news on Sunday.
The department of space is in the process of drafting a comprehensive and integrated space policy. It will provide direction to the activities of the private Indian space industry, said the minister. He gave the statement as he was responding to questions in the Upper House of Parliament on July 21.
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Branson’s space tourism company, Virgin Galactic Holdings, sees its next commercial flight coming in the first quarter of 2023, after it completes a structural overhaul of its existing carrier plane, VMS Eve. According to Wio News, for indigenous space tourism to become a reality in India (as the Minister suggested), it would require all of the following – flawless success of the Gaganyaan programme, multiple repeats of the same, development and successful flights of a re-usable rocket meant for ferrying tourists, ensuring that all systems are reliable& low-cost to be feasible as a business etc. All of this requires time(in decades), large-scale investment and true dedication to the cause of Space tourism, as seen in the private-sector examples from the Western world.
However, ISRO has completed many milestones over the years. Though the progress is slow, India’s focus on promoting local manufacturing and local companies is increasing.