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ISRO’s Gangayaan likely to launch in 2024; four fighter pilots identified as crew

The Gangayaan mission was scheduled to launch this year, when India celebrated its 75th independence anniversary, but got delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

ISRO’s Gangayaan likely to launch in 2024; four fighter pilots identified as crew
The Gangayaan mission has a total cost of nearly Rs. 10,000 crores.

 

The Indian Space Research Organisation, or ISRO, will likely launch the first human space-flight mission named Gangayaan in 2024, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said.

 

The Indian Air Force has identified four fighter pilots for the mission, who are undergoing training in Russia, he added. The mission was scheduled to launch this year, when India celebrated its 75th independence anniversary, but got delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic also took a toll on the training of astronauts in Russia and India.

 

The first test-flight in the outer space will likely happen next year and will be followed by sending a robot, which looks like a female, named Vyom Mitra. During the test mission, the spacecraft is planned to be launch to an altitude of 15 kilometres where space scientists will simulate an abort scenario. This will ensure return of crew capsule to the Earth using parachutes.

 

In the second orbital test mission, the flight will take the crew capsule to a higher altitude. Here again a similar abort mission will take place to perfect the system.

 

According to the Indian space agency, the Gaganyaan mission “envisages undertaking the demonstration of human spaceflight to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) in the short-term and will lay the foundation for a sustained Indian human space exploration programme in the long run.”

 

As part of Gangayaan programme, which has a total cost of nearly Rs. 10,000 crores, two unmanned missions and one manned mission are approved by Government of India, ISRO added.

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