DEC 03, 2019 5:57 PM PST

Will ISRO Succeed At Building its Own Space Station?

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

When hearing the words “space station,” the International Space Station probably comes to mind; but the International Space Station wasn’t the first nor was it the only space station ever conceived for scientific space research. In fact, China, Russia, and the United States each previously launched their own space stations before the ‘International’ Space Station became a thing.

All three of the aforementioned nations are space superpowers, but the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is working overtime to earn India a spot in this elite group. Perhaps unsurprisingly, that also involves launching its own space station, an ambitious move that ISRO announced plans for earlier this year. But will they succeed?

Fact: every nation that has ever launched a space station has experienced some sort of failure, but important learning experiences accompanied those failures. India is still in the midst of developing its space presence, and with no space station track record, it’s indeed very possible that a first attempt could end just like those attempts made by other nations on their first try. Then again, they could also get lucky – there’s no way of telling until it actually happens.

A lot goes into designing and launching a space station, from conceptualizing, designing, funding, and building it to finally launching and deploying it for scientific use. After that, ISRO would be responsible for tracking and maintaining their space station, which includes ensuring a stable orbit and avoiding space debris. That’s a lot to overcome for a country that hasn’t even sent a human to space on its own rocket yet…

ISRO could very well defy the odds that appear stacked against them, but as the wise would say, only time will tell.

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
DEC 23, 2019
Space & Astronomy
DEC 23, 2019
Why NASA's Artemis Mission is So Important
If you’ve been following NASA, then you’ve undoubtedly heard about the American space agency’s Artemis mission. Artemis is all about laun...
JAN 06, 2020
Space & Astronomy
JAN 06, 2020
How Much Do You Know About Mars?
Humankind is getting closer to the ultimate goal of sending humans to Mars for scientific research, and then eventually colonization later down the line. B...
JAN 13, 2020
Space & Astronomy
JAN 13, 2020
Lunar Dust is Actually Quite Dangerous to Humans
Most people have a tendency to think that lunar dust isn’t any different than the dirt found here on Earth, but quite the opposite is true. In fact,...
JAN 14, 2020
Space & Astronomy
JAN 14, 2020
How Much Do You Know About Jupiter?
Jupiter, recognized by most as the largest known planet in our solar system, is a particularly interesting place. So interesting, in fact, that NASA sent a...
JAN 21, 2020
Space & Astronomy
JAN 21, 2020
Here's Why SpaceX Blew Up a Falcon 9 Rocket in Mid-Air
SpaceX completed a substantial milestone for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program this week, an undertaking that involved one of the commercial space compa...
MAR 29, 2020
Space & Astronomy
MAR 29, 2020
United States Space Force Launches First Mission
Despite all the measures that are currently in place to keep as much of the general public away from public places as possible in this time of COVID-19-cen...
Loading Comments...