Covid-19 delays the Indian Gaganyaan programme
The ongoing coronavirus outbreak will delay preparations for India’s first crewed spaceflight. According to the most recent schedule the inaugural, unmanned flight of the Gaganyaan capsule will take place at the earliest at the end of 2021.
The Indian crewed program faces problems
India aims to become the fourth nation to conduct a crewed space mission. So far only the Soviet Union and US managed this achievement in 1961 and 1962. The two were followed by the People’s Republic of China in 2003. The Indian crewed program ambitions could be thwarted by several problems including bureaucracy, political struggles and the COVID-19 pandemics.
India announces a new lunar mission
India intends to launch a new lunar mission, Chandrayaan-3. The mission would try again to land on the surface of the Moon. India’s previous attempt to land on the Moon failed in 2019.