India seeks Russian equipment for sending first manned space mission

India seeks Russian equipment for sending first manned space mission

MOSCOW – India has ordered Russia’s space equipment as it is preparing to send its fist manned mission to orbit, Sergey Pozdnyakov, general director and chief designer of Research & Development Production Enterprise Zvezda, a Russian company manufacturing life-support systems for human spaceflights, said in an interview with Sputnik.

“India is developing its own space suits and life-support systems for the manned spacecraft. On the other hand, they plan the launch for 2022, there is not much time left. So, we have received a request from Roscosmos structures to deliver relevant equipment to India,” Pozdnaykov said, without providing any details about the equipment.

Indian mission is set to comprise three astronauts, to space by 2022, which will mark the 75th anniversary of its independence, with Russia set to assist it. Indian Ambassador to Russia Bala Venkatesh Varma has told Sputnik that Russia and India will start practically cooperating on the matter in 2019 already.

Pozdnyakov also told the Russian news agency that “it takes about four years to develop a new spacesuit for operations in outer space.

He previously said that his company had turned to Russian space agency Roscosmos with a proposal to start developing a new generation of spacesuits to replace the Orlan spacesuits now in use.