08-10-2012, 10:41 PM
At the same time, the agency, referring to the lunar and Martian missions, stresses that it is only about unmanned flight, while manned missions are planned for a later date. the agency said that the Indian space agency ISRO (India Space Research Organization) is planning to expand own regional satellite navigation system, which will operate independently from the American, Russian, Chinese and European navigation systems.
The Government of India last week has approved a plan to finance constellation Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System. According to the general plan of financing space initiatives in India for the development of space projects planned to allocate 397 billion rupees, or about $7 billion. The money will be spent on launching 33 new satellites and 25 new satellites, as well as related research. Western press notes that now the Indian space program is for the current government regime pride and generously funded.
At the same time, India's opposition criticizes the government, goes down hundreds of millions of dollars on space, while more than half the population lives in poverty, and many villages have no sewage and electricity, and their inhabitants have no access to simple amenities and schooling.
However, India had earlier directed the Chandrayaan-series for lunar exploration with suitable positive assessment from the international space community. Speaking of Mars missions, currently the U.S., Japan, Russia, Europe and China also have their Mars programs.
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