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Budget 2021: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Announces Launch Of First Unmanned Space Craft In December


Hon’able finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has started presenting the Budget 2021-22 in the ‘house of people’ form today. This the first time when the digital mode of presentation has replaced the traditional paper bundle method. In this budget of 2021, the minister has set up the promising allocation of fund release to the space department of India to launch its first unmanned spacecraft, ‘Gangayaan’. This project will get more than 14 thousand crores of funds entitled in the union budget as mentioned by Sitharaman.


The worlds’ largest democracy is now stepping ahead with its Budget 2021-22. Millions of people across the country have hopeful eyes towards the budget. In the order of presenting budget 2021, the finance minister has set the fund amount of approx 14 thousand crores to the Department of Space, India. This will evolve the space science efficiency of India as the Department will now commence its project of ‘Gangayaan’ launch to the orbit of the Earth. This a part of the Indian Human Space Flight Programme which is basically a formative spacecraft evolution project. The spacecraft will be able to carry three astronauts and it will also have the potential of space communication and docking capacity. Finance Minister also remarked that three Indian astronauts have been trained in Russia for this space project.

Though the project had been postponed earlier due to the COVID-19 Pandemic it is intended to be finished by the December of this year now. This Gangayaan project will significantly demonstrate the capability of human space flight to the Lower Orbit of Earth which is too with three crew members safe journey. Alongside, an outlay of Rs 4000 crores has been also mentioned in the Union Budget for Deep Ocean survey from Space. Implementing the projects, Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle will launch its 53rd mission (named C51) under the surveillance of New Space India ltd. It will carry Amazonia-1, Anand, SatishSat, and UnitySat as Payload one and two respectively. The Indian Space Research Organisation had earlier denoted the GSLV MKlll which is a heavy lift launcher. This will be a part of the Gangayaan mission.

Looking back at the Indian Budgets, we would find that the finance ministry had decided approx Rs 13 thousand for the Department of Space last year, but this year, there is an increment of more than 9 thousand crores for the same. It clearly indicated that Space research of Indian Science advancement will bring appreciable evolution alongside technology enhancement. It will certainly strengthen up the economic condition of India as all the factors correlate.

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Atul Pal is a journalist at Get India Neww and is currently the Chief of the Bureau (northeast). He has been reporting in mainstream Indian national media since 2019. He has been a field journalist reporting gamut of issues from India’s northeastern region.


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