India will send a man to space on its own spacecraft in next four years, PM Modi said while delivering his last speech before the general elections.

The announcement is a part of the Indian programme that was planned in 2004 for becoming the 4th nation in the world for sending a human in the space.

While, stepping up its rivalry with China, India has invested heavily in its space programme in the past decade.

As a part of this exercise, it is aiming to send an unmanned mission to the moon in January 2019, the Indian Space Research Organisation announced last week (ISRO). After that, ISRO plans to deploy its biggest rocket, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk III), to send three Indian astronauts into space mission from Sriharikota in the next few years.

It is worth noting that an Indian cosmonaut, Rakesh Sharma, has been to a space mission on a Russian spacecraft. While India has sent rovers to the Moon and planet Mars, an Indian manned mission to space on its own shuttle is not among the achievements the ISRO has earned over the years.

Chandrayaan – 1 was India’s first unmanned lunar expedition. It was launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation in October 2008 and operated until 2009.

The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also called Mangalyaan, is a space probe orbiting Mars since September 24, 2014.

Technology is advancing day by day, and many developing countries are setting their foot in the arena which just belonged to the rich nations. Pakistan has sent two satellites into space last month, while also Pakistani scientists were among the observers when China launched its manned mission back in 2016.