India is one step closer to “the dream of sending an Indian on a Made-in-India spacecraft to space,” according to India Times.

Indian Space Research Organisation director Kailasavadivoo Sivan recently marked the country’s latest milestone:

According to ISRO Chief, speaking at the 70th Annual General Meeting and National Conference, “The design and engineering of the launch vehicle and orbital module system for India’s human space flight has been completed. A series of tests have to be completed to validate the design and engineering of the systems in 2020.”

India hopes its launch vehicle will fly by the end of next year in an unmanned test flight. The country’s first manned flight is expected as soon as August 2022.

The next decade should be remembered for many spaceflight firsts — and not just in America.

Top Image: GSLV-D6 being moved from Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad, Department of Space, ISRO

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