India may become the fourth country in the world to send a manned spacecraft.

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India may become the fourth country in the world to send a manned spacecraft.

India may become the fourth country in the world to send a manned spacecraft by 2022, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Moody confirmed in a speech at an Independence Day ceremony ahead of general elections scheduled for early next year.

Moody said his country would send the first manned space mission by 2022, which could make it the fourth country to make the move, after the United States, Russia and China.

India has already launched dozens of satellites, mostly for foreign customers, as it seeks to gain a bigger share in the $ 300 billion competitive space industry.

Moody's government promotes the local space program, based on the relatively low-cost technology used in it.

Moody is optimistic about his country's space research program and has repeatedly praised the efforts of Indian scientists, who in 2014 carried out a low-cost task, to send a probe into orbit around Mars, and succeeded for the first time.

On the other hand, in his 72-year-old speech, Moody said his government would launch a medical insurance for the poor as of September 25.

"It is time to ensure that the poor have access to quality health care and affordable prices," he said.

Earlier this year, India successfully launched a rocket from its space station, carrying dozens of Indian satellites and six other countries.

Last year, it launched a rocket carrying 31 small satellites into space, including for European countries, including Austria and Belgium, under international trade arrangements led by India's State Space Research Organization.

Source: Euronews

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