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India’s proposed space station now has a name: Bharatiya Antariksh Station

Though no money has yet been allocated to build it, and India’s space agency ISRO has only begun design work, it has now apparently decided to name the space station the Bharatiya Antariksh Station.

They tentatively hope to launch a test module in 2028 to do unmanned rendezvous and docking tests, with assembly beginning in 2028 and completed by 2035.

None of this schedule is certain of course. ISRO has been proposing this space station since 2017. Nothing has ever come of those plans.

Only now does this seem more likely, with India’s effort to shift its space effort from a government-owned and run program to a competitive commercial industry.

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On Christmas Eve 1968 three Americans became the first humans to visit another world. What they did to celebrate was unexpected and profound, and will be remembered throughout all human history. Genesis: the Story of Apollo 8, Robert Zimmerman's classic history of humanity's first journey to another world, tells that story, and it is now available as both an ebook and an audiobook, both with a foreword by Valerie Anders and a new introduction by Robert Zimmerman.

 
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3 comments

  • A name for the station emphasizing the fact that the nation known as “India” isn’t really named “India” – that’s its traditional name in European not “Indian” languages. Rather its official name (in Hindi) is Bharat, or in full Bhārat Gaṇarājya.

    So tell me again (someone) why East Indians feel they can tell Americans what American Indians ought to be called? By the way, a Census Bureau poll some years back found that American Indians prefer that term for themselves (over “Native Americans”) by a large plurality, just shy of absolute majority.

  • Michael McNeil: Minor point: As far as I know, the push to use the fake term “Native Americans” for American Indians did not come from India, but from leftist academics and radicals within the American Indian community. They like to use language to push their agenda, and by claiming that only American Indians were “Native Americans” they successfully label everyone else an invader.

    Sadly, too many Americans have bought into this lie. I was born here, as were my parents. We are as much a native as any on any Indian reservation anywhere in the U.S.

  • David M. Cook

    I predict that in the future, assuming this station is a commercial success, people will refer to it as the “B-A station”. At least it has a real name, not a number or an acronym!

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