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India Plans to Build its Own Space Station, But How Hard Will It Be?

November 21, 2019


The Indian Space Research Organization, or
ISRO, announced in June that it plans to launch its own space station by 2030. Along with Russia, the United States, and
China, this would make India the fourth country to launch a space station that is solely their
own. It’s an ambitious goal, especially for a
country that has yet to send a human being into space. They haven’t released any concrete plans
on how they’ll build their station or what it will look like. So, what challenges did other nations face
when they put their first space stations into orbit? The Soviet Union launched the first space
station ever, Salyut 1, in 1971. It was in orbit for 175 days and occupied
for 23 before the crew departed. Tragically, their return capsule depressurized,
and all three crew members perished. The U.S.S.R.’s next two attempts, Salyut
2 and Kosmos 557, each were crippled after achieving orbit and neither were ever occupied. The U.S.’s first space station, Skylab launched
three days after Kosmos 557 in 1973, and as you might have guessed, it was damaged during
launch. Still, some improvised repairs made Skylab
habitable, and it was occupied by three crews before reentering the atmosphere and breaking
up in 1979. Ground controllers attempted to have the debris
land in the Indian Ocean, but some of it landed in western Australia. While no one was hurt, the Shire of Esperance
did fine NASA $400 for littering. Clearly, a crewed space station is a daunting
task to get right on your first try. The next country to launch an independent
space station was China in 2011. The school-bus sized Tiangong-1 wasn’t meant
to be a permanent facility, but a platform to test and master the technologies needed for more ambitious modular station in the future. Two crewed missions visited the station in
2012 and 2013, and at that point its mission was essentially done. But just in case something went wrong with
its successor, Tiangong-2, the Chinese decided to put the station into hibernation rather
than deorbit it. When they attempted to wake it up again in
2016, they found the station had lost power. That meant it was uncontrollable, and where
it landed, was up to gravity. Fortunately, Tiangong-1 reentered harmlessly
over the southern Pacific in April of 2018. Chinese officials bristle at the notion the
reentry was uncontrolled, but honestly it just means they join the club of nations whose first space stations weren’t 100% flawless missions. So far, we’re 0 for 3. But we have also had stunning successes with
space stations too. The International Space Station has been hosting
astronauts and doing science since the year 2000. But the ISS is really something special and
it’s not a project that any one country can undertake. It took the cooperation and funding of space
agencies from Russia, the United States, Europe, Japan, and Canada to assemble it in orbit
over a decade. It took 5 Russian rocket launches plus more
than 35 space shuttle missions to haul all its pieces into orbit. Today, NASA’s budget for their share of the
operation, maintenance, and research costs total 1.45 billion dollars each year, which
as it happens is reportedly the entire annual budget of ISRO. Clearly a space station that huge is out of
the question for any one country. Which brings us back to India. Will they be the only nation to have a totally
successful space station on their first go? Before they even attempt that, they have a
lot of work ahead of them. They have yet to launch a human into space
with a rocket of their own, though they’re inching closer. ISRO is reportedly on track to launch an uncrewed
Gaganyaan spacecraft by December of 2020. After a second uncrewed mission, their goal
is to launch three astronauts by December 2021. Once in low-Earth orbit, the three person
crew will remain aloft for 5-7 days before returning safely to Earth. I make it sound so simple, but remember that
space flight is never routine. There’s always a risk, especially when a
space program is just getting its wings. And ISRO has been ambitious and achieved a
lot with the resources it has, but they’re not immune to failure. Their first attempt at a moon lander crashed
into the moon’s surface earlier this year. So when it comes to their first crewed missions,
we’ve got our fingers and toes crossed that all goes well. If the Gaganyaan missions are successful,
then ISRO can seriously start to consider building a permanent home above the Earth. If you want to more about what ISRO has been
up to, check out our video on their Chandrayaan-2 mission to the moon that we was made before it
launched. Let us know in the comments below if you liked
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100 Comments

  • Reply Seeker November 18, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Hi, thanks for watching! Want more on India's space exploration? Check out this video on how India could be the first to land on the moon's south pole: https://youtu.be/LhWK_pZrXl4

  • Reply Hardik Sharma November 19, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    No offense brother but gaganyaan is pronounced as gagan-yaan.

  • Reply kunal Murudkar November 19, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Love Indian 😍🇮🇳

  • Reply Kekistani Attack Helicopter November 19, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Will it have designated pooping corridors?

  • Reply Rick Farwell November 19, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    A nation with a space program should not get foreign aid from the US.

  • Reply Anthony Stark November 19, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    India will be surely successful

  • Reply USER10051987 November 19, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Check here for more info https://youtu.be/6jqZIEfaMQ4

  • Reply D Hawthorne November 19, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    Why wouldn't they just request to dock a module to the ISS?

  • Reply Truth Teller November 19, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    Oh, the stink it will have in the enclosed space. Pakistan will have to blow it up to save space pollution.

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  • Reply JRD DoubleU November 19, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    The India-national Scam Station. A base of operations from which indians can conduct their scams upon the western population, all while raining down litter-meteors. India is a shithole. Hairy unibrow-terds. They need to think about sorting their country out before they start firing 'shit' into space.

  • Reply PPSR November 19, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    Now get ready for the cheapest space station. It might probably be cheaper than a house in New York😂

  • Reply Amal K Raju November 19, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    Proud to be an indian

  • Reply Scott Wales November 19, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    Indians are our biggest defense against hostile alien life. Or alien life for that matter. You asking yourself how so well lemme explain that.

    Scam call centers on the moon giving aliens adware

  • Reply Nidhi Goyal November 19, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    I just love it when you pronounce ISRO correctly 💓

  • Reply Hazarath Mohiddin November 19, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    I will help u sir

  • Reply FRAIM RAIDER November 19, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    It's pronounced I.S.R.O

  • Reply David Stockton November 19, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    How about comb your hair before a video..wtf

  • Reply Misha Mochalkin November 19, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    Everyone plz subscribe so the host can afford a comb

  • Reply TheWingedPotato November 19, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    How are they going to get an entire street into orbit for them to shit on?

  • Reply Gaming with Haziq November 19, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    When the guy doesn't say that India was able to send the mars orbiter successfully without failing once😂😂😂

  • Reply william33870 November 19, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Great a scam call center in space

  • Reply AReS TV November 19, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Funded by scammers? 🤣

  • Reply K Vo November 19, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Well half of NASA workforce work for India now. You can count on India to make cheapest space station. Dont believe me, ask your phone carrier service rep. 5 bucks they from india.

  • Reply The Knave November 19, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    Interestingly, India's GDP is higher than the GDP of America, when America sent men to the moon.
    Additionally, the technology is more advanced and less expensive than it was during the 1960's.

  • Reply Domyras November 19, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    I can NOT be the only one feeling like this is just… A child trying to prove he can do something.
    Let the "grownups" handle the space race. First get your population out of third world conditions maybe? -.-'

  • Reply American Nacirema November 19, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    They gotta stop poopin' in the streets first. Plus curry poops in a confined space with recycled air? No motherfuggin thank you.

  • Reply SÍDDHÁRTH BÁYLÔR November 19, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    Stop seeker stop..
    I can't handled this much hate towards our nation in the comments section.
    Even though , we built space station never post a video about India , in which I gets emotional of reading hated comments .
    Plz stop

  • Reply phizzelout November 19, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    India is going to be the first to have a scammer call center in orbit. That way their IP addresses will be constantly moving.

  • Reply Johnprakash # November 19, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    Gag nyaan 😆

  • Reply Kargadan November 19, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    if only all countries in the world would work together instead of having parallel space programs spending hundreds of billions to re-invent the wheel, we would have colonized our solar system by now and would be thinking of the kuiper belt… sad. we really need to unity as one species already

  • Reply Null F November 19, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    PooStation

  • Reply Socrates in traffic November 19, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    When any youtube topic mentions "India" the hatred/jokes/abuse that follows in comments is exhausting.
    I dont know if I travel anywhere and say "I am Indian" would I be alive or killed.. feel like hanging myself sometimes.
    Yes, agreed the rest of nations are far superior, wealthy, pristine, good people and lucky they werent born here.

  • Reply Philip Emanuele November 19, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    They should put that money into rebuilding their electrical grid with solar and batteries

  • Reply koolerpure November 19, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    Scratch the space station, there’s already one there so it’ll be pointless so instead aim further build a station on the lunar surface which hasn’t been even touched yet and India could own what ever they build wether it’s a place for tourism or to join nasa and spacex with building a refueling station designed to just make rocket fuel or process any future asteroid mining resources since it’ll be better to do that on the moon than to deal with entering and exiting the atmosphere

  • Reply Zionist World Order November 19, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    But will it have toilets though?? Modhi promises the moon while he cannot deliver toilets to his people.

  • Reply Citizen4 November 19, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    You are very wrong @seeker India has sent astronauts to space,Rakesh sharma, kalpana chawla, sunita williams

  • Reply Klaus Pallesen November 19, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    I bet above the roof of that space station it will be full of passengers taking a hike

  • Reply Tom Koller November 19, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    China is a whiny little bitch.

  • Reply Nathaniel Hosea November 19, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    It would be great to see if India could get a space station in orbit of its own. It's all part of the space race.

  • Reply Manish Kumar November 19, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Date 25 November 2019 again ISRO gonna launch 13 USA nano Satellite. Wish india best of luck ?like

  • Reply Desert Vox November 19, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    INDIA needs to build 1,000,000,000 TOILETS. That's the No.1 priority for a typical $hithole country trying so hard to look civilized and modern.

  • Reply Himanshu Sirohi November 19, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    It feels really good to see Indian Haters and their jealousy filled comments. Haters gonna Hate. F**k You all Indian Haters. India is gonna do it and you will only be writing bad comments then only.

  • Reply crystalidx November 19, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    India will set up a scam call center, and no one can catch them.

  • Reply LOL You November 19, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    India? Why can’t they concentrate on cleaning their pollution problems first? That would be an achievement on earth.

  • Reply incendie21 November 19, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    India is a backward country who wants to compete with china for no reason.

  • Reply crimson coin November 20, 2019 at 12:26 am

    Where's Wally …🦏

  • Reply Alex November 20, 2019 at 1:56 am

    Thank you for calling space station support today. This is John Adams, how may I help you?

  • Reply K otgc November 20, 2019 at 2:11 am

    I'd be more impressed with India spending that budget on terrestrial poverty and numerous other social issues.

  • Reply Divyanshu Dwivedi November 20, 2019 at 2:38 am

    We are indian and we can achieve it

  • Reply MR. M14MUTA November 20, 2019 at 2:49 am

    Isro is one of the best in world. It's has only 2 failure an almost all was sucess. 2 India was first country to land on Mars on 1 attempt we did it. We have weapons in spaces aswell. And isro is developing plasma guns.

  • Reply Subramanian Viswanathan November 20, 2019 at 3:07 am

    India's space program is more an ambition, an aspiration of a nation of people starved of the means to achieve success, due to impoverishment, unaffordability of resources and lack of access to expensive technology. The failure of Chandrayaan 2 lander is an example of oversight affected by the aforesaid circumstances. On a serious note, the west needs to assimilate with a certain measure of caution, about India's bravado claims before arriving at conclusions

  • Reply mudassar nadaf November 20, 2019 at 3:18 am

    My fellow Indians needs to stop thumping their chest in over egoistic behavior on this future ISRO projects. I've witnessed the rise of ISRO from late 90s till now, but the moment these media outlets and genx internet users started boasting too much on every platform they get, creates a lot of pressure on the ISRO scientists. Just look what happened with chandrayaan. Counting chickens before they are hatched. The remarkable achievements by ISRO from their PSLV projects to sending 100 plus satellites with minimal budget was daunting task nobody else could pull off but ISRO. But the moment we start beating drums of glory before the march to war is stupid and these gen x needs to learn. And let ISRO do it's job of crushing oceans silently like a sail boat with no noise. Jai hind.

  • Reply Lohit Dev November 20, 2019 at 3:31 am

    I'm not only optimistic.. I trust ISRO more then NASA

  • Reply Jack Baxter November 20, 2019 at 4:03 am

    Any space flight is a good space flight when it contributes new data to our collective goal of touching the stars! Congrats India! I can only dream that Australia's new space program will have the balls/money to follow suite

  • Reply Robert Telarket November 20, 2019 at 4:58 am

    They have 1.2 billion or more people so in effect they are 5 or 6 nations not just one involved in this project.
    I hope they fail. They are jungle people and unworthy of acquired western scientific knowledge irrespective of their intelligent elite.

  • Reply Stay Lifted November 20, 2019 at 5:36 am

    35 space missions …. talk about air pollution 😂😂😂

  • Reply AKSHAY G November 20, 2019 at 5:55 am

    “less budget more engineering work “🇮🇳

  • Reply Brian G November 20, 2019 at 7:18 am

    Maybe work on clean water and toilets for everyone first. Apparently, that’s a difficult enough task.

  • Reply The Propaganda November 20, 2019 at 8:43 am

    We (humanity) could get a lot more done if we team up and put up a O'Neill cylinder in L4 or L5

  • Reply RandomGaming November 20, 2019 at 9:04 am

    Just make sure you clean your hands with soap.

  • Reply ramdeep pooram November 20, 2019 at 9:23 am

    Soon our mobile scam station will be able to make scam phone calls from space, and send 30 request for bobs and vegana per second. Jai hind 🇮🇳

  • Reply Vblog KJR November 20, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Jay Hind

  • Reply Enceladus 1101 November 20, 2019 at 10:13 am

    A big challenge! The current budget won't be anywhere close enough if their plan is to build a station similar to the ISS but who knows, they have been growing very rapidly in recent years so I wouldn't be surprised.

  • Reply Ankit Bhatt November 20, 2019 at 11:06 am

    Add so emotional…

  • Reply KNIGHT Heart November 20, 2019 at 11:57 am

    i read the comment section people of western and other countries are criticizing India and making a fun of it and also talking about the problem like pollution, toilet and poverty.
    I'll say only this to them you are developed and we are developing and as for pollution developed countries coused much pollution than developing countries but since you developed you are talking about us you narrow minded people.
    and we're working on these problems also it's not like you don't have any problems.
    you are saying that developing countries should not focus on other things.
    AND stop taking about toilet every time just search current condition of toilets in India we have improved and still working.
    so stop criticizing others even if you can't see other's success.

  • Reply velocitymg November 20, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    Can’t even land a probe on the moon….good luck building a space station

  • Reply 星辰大海 November 20, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    best wishes from China to India? (×)
    best wishes from Community of Shared Future for Mankind (√)

  • Reply captain cool November 20, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    Awesome, first space station that smells like curry and has squatting toilets. Will the astronauts be breathing polluted air from new Delhi as well?

  • Reply Sagar Vaidya November 20, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    But what is the use of spacestation?

  • Reply VCRtard November 20, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Coming soon:

    Scammerssss frommm Marssss

  • Reply sumeet sharma November 20, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    India will be successful and will do better than other nations 🇮🇳

  • Reply sumeet sharma November 20, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    ISRO has achieved more than what other nations could have done…with less budget ISRO has done more than other nation with high budget..money ain't thing…God bless ISRO

  • Reply Jaime November 20, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    India has so much more to do within their own country first. Clean-up filth for one! Toilets for all as a follow-up! Castes system and inequality of women! Space station? What the hell for?

  • Reply Anirudh Puranik November 20, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    He made "GaganYaan" sound like a Chinese name..😂
    Anyways, a really informative video!

  • Reply Bharath November 20, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    India is struggling with it's problem on Earth, it wants more on Space.

  • Reply SikConVicTioN November 20, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    India wants to? 😂😂😂 Good luck 👍

  • Reply יהודה דנינו November 20, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    By the way israel did send something to the moon but it crushed on impaced

  • Reply yiannos ioannou November 20, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    Mir… ????????????????????????????????!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Archana Yadav November 21, 2019 at 1:33 am

    1st attempt success are ISRO's speciality.
    Remember the old good guy Mangalyaan.

  • Reply Poop GayHind November 21, 2019 at 1:47 am

    india is a joke. it can't even send a man to space.

  • Reply J. C. November 21, 2019 at 2:18 am

    If it doesn't have hookers and blow, it's completely pointless.

  • Reply Joseph Zao November 21, 2019 at 2:59 am

    I believe The American Territory of VIRGINIA is the only longitude and latitude that has no future in Space or Earth.
    So, Help Me God.

  • Reply ettekamba6969 November 21, 2019 at 4:06 am

    It's not isreal but INDIA

  • Reply Rahul ɢʊʀʝar November 21, 2019 at 4:24 am

    ISRO is beyond it's time 😄😎😎

  • Reply Kindrêd dōj November 21, 2019 at 4:46 am

    Today remembering
    Dr. Vikram Sarabhai 🙏🙏👍

  • Reply Grassy Tiger November 21, 2019 at 4:51 am

    Yeah put those call center Indians on it and it will be done in no time

  • Reply 12squared Network November 21, 2019 at 5:00 am

    India should focus on building toilets for its 1BN + population before they worry about building a space station. They still have people shitting in railways and in the streets.

  • Reply abhijeet panda November 21, 2019 at 6:29 am

    No matter how hard it is India can do it

  • Reply Karmit Frog November 21, 2019 at 6:32 am

    how many american jelous you want
    isro : yes

  • Reply walkabout16 November 21, 2019 at 7:41 am

    They'll probably employ all their tech scammers and make a mess of it 😄

  • Reply Slow knife November 21, 2019 at 7:44 am

    Meanwhile Indians: https://youtu.be/BwjBa7IgCow

  • Reply Slow knife November 21, 2019 at 7:45 am

    Imagine these people on the moon, https://youtu.be/fHdYLQiFsyo lol

  • Reply Henonaga November 21, 2019 at 8:12 am

    It'll get pushed back like it always does with ISRO. A realistic launch date would be 2045 to 2050.

  • Reply The Kite November 21, 2019 at 8:54 am

    Its Easy For India To do it
    Since it was not hard for them to prison my people for almost 3 months now..

  • Reply Saurabh Singh November 21, 2019 at 8:58 am

    This time around I see fewer Haters 😀 in the comment section.

  • Reply Jitendra Singh November 21, 2019 at 9:29 am

    215 dislike from pakistan

  • Reply Soham Bhowal November 21, 2019 at 9:43 am

    Here only to read the jealous and hate comments towards India. Gives us a good idea about how far ahead we are 🙂

  • Reply Francis Frank November 21, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Love the video ❤️ from India 👊🏽🤘🏽

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