When economics orbits space missions

The time is right for India to undertake a manned mission. Thus suggested the 80-odd scientists who congregated in Bangalore in the first week of November 2006. Mentioning this, http://www.isro.org, the site of the Indian Space Research Organisation, wraps up a list of `major events during 2006.’

The year saw many pluses such as `the successful ground testing of indigenous cryogenic stage for GSLV (Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle),’ `demonstration of SCRAMJET (Supersonic Combustion Ramjet),’ `winning of two contracts for building communication satellites for European customers,’ and `the establishment of IRNSS (Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System).’

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