India Boosts Investment Into Space Program

Following the successful launch of its 3,400 kg GSAT-10 communications satellite--the heaviest ever built by India--aboard an Ariane-5 rocket, Russia Today (RT) said on Sept. 30 that India is stepping up its space program with a higher budget, the launch of a new satellite, and a proposed mission to Mars. The country's space agency will attempt 10 space missions by November 2013, bringing its total budget to $1.3 billion.

With six more missions on its agenda, the most high-profile event on the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) calendar is the launch of an orbiter to Mars, slated for Nov. 2013. The aim of the orbiter to collect data on Martian methane sources. RT says India intends to complete the mission with no international assistance, as a means to demonstrate the growth of the ISRO. "At the moment we plan to do it on our own," said ISRO chief K. Radhakrishnan.

RT says India has set the goal of sending a manned mission to space by 2016. "India has 4 years left, which is not a long time. However, the country has the chance to adapt what has already been developed in Russia, China, and U.S.," columnist Igor Lisov of Novosti Kosmonavtiki told RT.

What a novel idea! Increasing investment into a national space program? We should take a point from India. This requires dumping Obama, who has, among his many crimes, viciously slashed NASA’s budget.

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