Bangalore: Buoyed by the success of Chandrayaan-I, the Centre has approved Rs95 crore to study all aspects of the manned space mission programme.
K. Radhakrishnan, Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre said that a project to send a two-member crew on a week-long space journey was awaiting the cabinet approval.
“The space flight would have two-member crew on a low earth orbit for seven days which will be brought back to earth by landing the space craft in sea. The travel, which India hopes to achieve by 2015, would have the crew covering 275 km in the orbit and pass through the thermal atmosphere,” he said.
This would be the first step in human space flight programme planned by India.
“The country was looking at having manned lunar presence by 2020 plus and a mission to Mars by 2030,” he said.
He said that there had been a renewed interest in moon mission with US, Russia, Japan and China planning one.
The long term objective of the moon mission was reaching Mars where moon could act as point for refuelling apart from being explored for energy fuel supply.