ISRO advances date for Gaganyaan mission to 2021

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11 Jan 2019

ISRO to send astronauts, including women, to space by 2021

On Friday, ISRO chief K Sivan said that the space agency had set a target of sending Indian astronauts, including women, to space by December 2021, as part of its ambitious human spaceflight project, the Gaganyaan mission.

Earlier, the target had been 2022.

Sivan's comments came during a press conference in Bengaluru, where ISRO briefed the media about upcoming missions.

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What the ISRO chief had to say about Gaganyaan

What the ISRO chief had to say about Gaganyaan

Commenting on ISRO's plans for the Gaganyaan mission, Sivan said that two unmanned test flights had been planned prior to the actual manned mission.

These test flights are slated to take place in December 2020, and July 2021, and if everything works out, Indian astronauts could be in space by December 2021.

Sivan added that success in the Gaganyaan mission could be a game-changer for ISRO.

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WATCH: Sivan's press conference in Bengaluru

Funding

Recently, ISRO got a massive funding boost

Although ISRO's plans for a manned spaceflight date back to 2008, it got a fresh impetus after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the Gaganyaan mission.

Till date, ISRO has spent Rs. 173cr developing critical technologies for human spaceflight, and the space agency received a massive boost recently after the Union Cabinet approved Rs. 10,000cr to make to human spaceflight a reality.

Tests

ISRO has already tested technology for spaceship re-entry

ISRO has already tested technology for spaceship re-entry

Tests for a manned spaceflight began in 2007 when ISRO tested its re-entry technology through the Satellite Recovery Experiment where a 550kg satellite was sent into orbit and successfully brought back to Earth.

The experiment successfully tested lightweight silicon tiles that can be used to protect any spaceship from heat as it re-enters the Earth's atmosphere.

Crew module

ISRO has also conducted some experiments with crew modules

Years later, in 2014, ISRO carried out its Crew Module Atmospheric Re-Entry Experiment (CARE) where a 3,745kg prototype of a crew module was launched into the atmosphere and recovered successfully from the Bay of Bengal.

Then, in July 2018, ISRO conducted a Pad Abort Test using a 12.5 ton crew module to make sure that astronauts could be rescued in the event of a launchpad accident.

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ISRO will use its most powerful rocket for the mission

ISRO will use its most powerful rocket for the mission

In September last year, ISRO displayed the crew module and the spacesuits to be used by Indian astronauts, dubbed 'vyomnauts' after the Sanskrit word for space, for the Gaganyaan mission.

Reportedly, the crew module will be catapulted into outer space by ISRO's GLSV Mk-III rocket, the biggest and most powerful rocket developed by the space agency up until now.

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When was the Gaganyaan mission announced?

Asked 2019-01-11 12:32:35 by Pranav Mukopadhyay

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The Gaganyaan mission was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Independence Day speech on August 15, 2018. The target for sending Indian astronauts to space had been set for 2022.

How many astronauts will be sent to space?

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As per plans, three astronauts are slated to be sent to space, and they will spend 5-7 days in orbit.

How much will the Gaganyaan mission cost?

Asked 2019-01-11 12:32:35 by Vivaan Mehta

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The Gaganyaan mission is slated to cost in the ballpark of Rs. 10,000cr. Recently, the Cabinet approved funding for the mission.

Why is the Gaganyaan mission important?

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Success in the Gaganyaan mission would make India the fourth country after the US, Russia, and China to achieve human spaceflight. This distinction apart, it is also expected to yield technological benefits, establish a broad framework for collaboration between ISRO, academia, industry, national agencies, and other scientific organizations, and generate significant employment.

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