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India has named the fourth quarter of 2024 as the likely date for the nation’s first crewed space mission. Just three nations – the USSR/Russia, the USA, and China – have launched crewed missions. India’s Minister for Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh, yesterday revealed the 2024 target in an answer [PDF] to a …

  1. BOFH in Training

    India has an interesting way of doing things

    They seem to screw up badly on many things(especially with corruption everywhere), but they can do space stuff relatively cheap.

    Heres to hoping for another space worthy human rated space transport soon.

    More people able to get to space thru different means, the better, from my view.

    1. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

      Re: India has an interesting way of doing things

      So, the "Indians" are going to join the "Cowboys" in Space

    2. jgarbo

      Re: India has an interesting way of doing things

      Ah that dastardly Indian corruption. Thankfully, in the West we've eliminated it (by calling it "donation", "lobbying", "research", "commission", etc). We could teach those Indians a few things...

    3. youdon'tneedtoknow

      Re: India has an interesting way of doing things

      Because Department of Space comes directly under Prime Minister's Office. There is very low level of bureaucracy in between. Same with Department of Atomic Energy. These two departments are only government undertaking that has not messed up and worked fine ever since it's creation.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    All I can think of them building is a junkyard rocket (ala Salvage 1).

    1. youdon'tneedtoknow

      Anything it will be better than your have ever built, if you're not from US, Russia or China

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Rule number one

    No onion bhaji onboard.

    1. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

      Re: Rule number one

      Spice in Space.

    2. youdon'tneedtoknow

      Re: Rule number one

      There will be chicken biryani, chicken korma, Shahi paneer.

  4. WizzerWotsit

    The UK gives India around £40m in aid every year

    Can I assume they don't need it anymore

    1. IC1

      According to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

      India does not and has not received any aid since 2015.

      Since 2015, the UK has given no financial aid to the Government of India.

      Instead, our development partnership with India is based on sharing skills, expertise, and development capital investments that help the poor and generate returns on our investment; our work reduces poverty, tackles climate change, and creates new partners and markets for the UK.

      To date £80.2 million of our ODA investment has been returned to HMG.

    2. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

      Given the amount of UK companies owned by Indian concerns, think the tables have turned

    3. youdon'tneedtoknow

      You should just get a hold of yourself. Britain doesn't provide any aid to India and if it happens, it must be by some shady NGOs. India government spend $41.4 Billion of food subsidies in FY21-22. That is 8% of total federal (cental) budget. While India spend just 0.33 of it's budget on space and 0.047% of GDP in the same year. India is second largest source of FDI in UK. India has lifted 415 Million people out of poverty from 2005-06 to 2020-21. You should better focus on managing your dwindling economy and food shortage and NHS crisis instead of feeling to entitled. Seems like your 'Colonial Amnesia' hasn't gone yet.,revised%20estimate%20of%202021%2D22.,FDI)%202021%2F22%20figures.,Multidimensional%20Poverty%20Index%20(MPI)%202022

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  7. ravenviz Silver badge

    Testing the crew escape system

    Does the test include the humanoid payload?

    1. youdon'tneedtoknow

      Re: Testing the crew escape system

      First two flight will be non-human, third flight will be with human

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