2020 and 2021, these two years are going to be big ones for ISRO and India, as a whole. Not only did ISRO announced that it is planning on launching its first-ever crewed mission into space in 2021, but the Indian Space Research Organisation has also lined up as many as 36 missions for the 2020-21 timeline.
The missions will include ten earth observation satellites in the same timeline. Union Minister of State for Atomic Energy and Space, Jitendra Singh said that apart from the ten observation satellites, The space center has also lined up three communication satellites, three space science satellite, two navigation satellites, and one technology demonstration.
In a written reply to Rajya Sabha, Singh said, “ISRO has planned 36 missions including satellites and launch vehicles for the fiscal year 2020-21.”
As for the rockets, ten PSLV launches, three GSLV MkII, one GSLV Mk III have been lined up. Two small satellite launch vehicle has also been lined up, said the Minister.
Indian Space Programme is focused on the peaceful use of outer space. Towards this end, space technology should be used for the benefit of the country and society, and should provide solutions for developmental activities - Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State for Atomic Energy and Space
For the 2019-20 timeline, to date, 11 out of the total targeted missions have been completed.
India’s PM Narendra Modi had increased the annual budget of the space program by 3%, and this development is taking place also partly due to the increase in budget. The ISRO scientists’ relentless efforts gave India a prominent place among the other space agencies of the world.
Amidst all the satellites that ISRO is planning to launch in 2020-21, the most exciting news has to be the fact that ISRO is already planning on sending a crewed shuttle into space in December 2021.