- Dec 3, 2017
Images from IAA-ISRO-ASI Human Spaceflight Programme Symposium (Jan 2020) via Pallava Bagla.Looks like a model of ISRO's proposed space station. You can see the gaganyaan module attached to it on one end. There is a spherical module junction between the two segments. The first photo seen of the space station(2nd pic.) had no such junction. The junction seems designed to be able to mate 6 station modules. Each module can mate with two others, one on each end.
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The space station was stated to be 20 tonnes. I presumed at that time that each module will weigh about 10 tonnes and both modules will be launched separately by GSLV MK-3 and then mated in space. With the addition of the junction module I wonder how the weight will be effected. OTOH having a junction allows us to expand the space station at a steady pace whenever budget is permitting.
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