In an effort to secure a piece of the market, which is expected to grow to be worth millions of dollars over the next few years, the Indian Space Research Organization (Isro) is building space tourism capacity.
Dr. Jitendra Singh, the minister of science and technology, stated that the space agency is working to establish indigenous capabilities for space tourism by demonstrating human space travel capacity to Low Earth Orbit (LEO). He continued by saying that Isro is now collaborating with 61 nations on various space-related projects.
In the last few years, the space tourism industry has exploded, dominated by private aerospace businesses as government space agencies play catch-up. SpaceX, which Elon Musk established, is the market leader in space tourism thanks to its Dragon spaceship, which offers touristic journeys in zero gravity.
The Gaganyaan crew module, which is being developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, will be the first indigenous spaceship to carry Indian astronauts into space and bring them safely back to Earth.
The minister also disclosed that the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe) works to encourage the private sector’s active participation in carrying out end-to-end space activities, including space tourism. With the use of IN-SPACe, commercial organisations will be able to share the technological resources and knowledge that are available throughout ISRO Centers.