India announced that plans to build its own space station by 2035 and five years later to carry out the first manned mission to the moon. This country in recent years intensified its space program and was the first in the world to successfully land a spacecraft near the South Pole of the Moon just this August. Shortly after, it launched a probe intended to study the Sun. However, manned spaceflight is a whole new area. Coming mise Gagaanan it will be the first time India will send astronauts into space using its own resources. It is now preparing to begin testing the means of transportation that will accompany the human crew to the lunar surface.

At a meeting chaired by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Indian Space Agency presented plan to achieve the first crewed launch in 2025 before a possible mission to the moon. On October 21, a demonstration flight of the test system took place. Later, it plans to send its launch vehicle on three test missions without a human crew on board for now. In total, India is planning about 20 tests that will lead to sending astronauts into space.

The country states that is building a new launch pad and a new generation launch vehicle, so that she can realize her other ambitious goals. Apart from establishing the Bharatiya Antariksha (Indian Space Station) by 2035 and launching a manned mission to the Moon by 2040, India also plans interplanetary mission. Modi also revealed interest in developing a probe to orbit Venus and a lander on Mars.