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Manned space mission before 75th I-Day: ISRO chief

K. Sivan

K. Sivan  

‘Most of the technologies are already developed’

If everything goes according to plan, in 40 months, three Indians will be launched into space by an Indian rocket. This is the aim of India’s ambitious manned spaceflight mission, Gaganyaan, the contours of which were outlined by Dr. K. Sivan, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Tuesday.

“We will do it before the 75th Independence Day. I will say that we will target six months before that. Sceptics have been doubtful but we are confident. Most of the technologies are already developed,” Dr. Sivan told a press conference.

He stated that ISRO began work on the manned mission in 2004 and some of these technologies have been demonstrated successfully through various tests — Space Capsule Recovery Experiment, Crew module Atmospheric Re-entry Experiment and Pad Abort Test.

Two unmanned missions will be undertaken prior to sending humans on the first manned flight within 30 months and manned mission in 40 months.

“The mission will aim to send a three-person crew to space for a period of 5-7 days,” Dr. Sivan said.

The total programme is expected to cost less than Rs. 10,000 crore and will result in significant spin-offs in multiple dimensions, including technology spin-offs in the social sector.

“The benefits which we are going to obtain from them are invaluable,” Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Space, said.

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