Indian Space Research Organisation unveiled its Human Space Flight Center in Bangalore on Wednesday. The organization is gearing up to conduct its first manned space mission by 2021.
The first manned space mission from ISRO is also expected to include a woman instrument. Gaganyaan, which is Indian crewed orbital spacecraft intended to be the basis of the Indian Human Spaceflight Programme, is the “highest priority” for ISRO in 2019, according to the space agency. The organization is planning its first unmanned mission by December 2020 followed by the second one by July 2021.
After the completion of the two unmanned missions, ISRO will conduct the first manned mission by December 2021.
K Kasturirangan, former ISRO Chairman, in the presence of K Sivan, ISRO Chairman and Secretary, Department of Space, inaugurated the Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC) Wednesday at ISRO Headquarter campus in Bengaluru, the space agency said on its website.
The website further confirms the presence of Directors of other ISRO Centres, former Chairman, and other dignitaries, adding that a full-scale model of Gaganyaans crew module was also unveiled during the event.
HSFC will be responsible for implementing the Gaganyaan project which includes end-to-end mission planning, development of engineering systems for crew survival in space, crew selection and training, and also pursuing activities for sustained human space flight missions, said ISRO.
The implementation of the first development flight of Gaganyaan under the human spaceflight programme will require the support of existing ISRO centers.
S Unnikrishnan Nair is the founder director of HSFC, while R Hutton is the project director of Gaganyaan.
The cabinet recently gave a nod to this ₹9023 crore programme.
The mission will take Indian astronauts into space to a height of 35-400 kilometers above the earth and orbit around the planet for a week. The astronauts will be conducting experiments for a week in outer space, the details of which have not been shared by ISRO.