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Gaganyaan for manned space mission on track, says ISRO official

P.G. Diwakar, Director of Earth Observations Applications and Disaster Management Programme Office, ISRO. Photo: YouTube/Indian Society of Remote Sensing

P.G. Diwakar, Director of Earth Observations Applications and Disaster Management Programme Office, ISRO. Photo: YouTube/Indian Society of Remote Sensing  

Chandrayaan and Gaganyaan had different objectives and dimensions, says ISRO official P.G. Diwakar.

The Chandrayaan 2 mission will “absolutely have no impact” on ISRO’s ambitious manned mission Gaganyaan, scheduled to be launched in 2022, an Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) official said in New Delhi on September 7.

P.G. Diwakar, who was earlier Scientific Secretary at the space agency and is now the Director of Earth Observations Applications and Disaster Management Programme Office at the ISRO headquarters in Bengaluru, said both Chandrayaan and Gaganyaan had different objectives and dimensions.

Zero impact

“There will be absolutely no problem at all. It will have no impact. The satellite missions as well as the human space flight mission will go very smoothly without any problem. Each mission is of a different type,” he said. Mr. Diwakar, however, declined to comment on the reasons behind the glitches faced during the landing of Chandrayaan 2.

The lander Vikram lost contact, just 2.1 km above the lunar surface.

The ISRO plans to send three Indians to space by 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced during his last Independence Day speech.

Besides this, the ISRO will also launch Aditya L-1, India’s first solar mission, by next year.

There are plans to build a space station and launch interplanetary missions to Mars and Venus.

Mr. Diwakar said Chandrayaan had its own challenges while the other missions would have different objectives.

While the Chandrayaan-2 mission was meant for soft-landing of Vikram on the lunar surface, Gaganyaan’s mandate will be to send astronauts to space and bring them back to earth safely.

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