Gaganyaan: ISRO to begin unmanned flight tests and preparations are underway | spcilvly

KCP Ltd is ready to hand over the Integrated Air Launch Test (IADT) – Crew Module structure to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), which is currently working on the Gaganyaan mission, said M Narayana Rao, president of KCP Heavy Engineering. on Friday.

Speaking to ANI, Rao said, “It is a basic test module for the Gaganyaan mission. We’ll see how it behaves and what other things are going to happen. “Once it is successful, we will take it to the next level of manufacturing.”

“We are proud to be in this area of ​​module manufacturing. It is a great opportunity given to us by the Indian space agency. I am sure the future will be good. And I wish you good luck on the launch,” he stated.

ISRO will begin unmanned flight tests for the Gaganyaan mission, for which preparations for Flight Test Vehicle Abort Mission-1 (TV-D1) are underway, the Indian space agency said.

The Gaganyaan mission aims to develop a human-habitable space capsule that will carry a three-member crew into a 400 km (250 mi) orbit for three days, before returning to safety in a planned landing in the Indian Ocean. .

The Ahmedabad facility will be responsible for building two systems critical to the Gaganyaan mission: cockpit systems and communication systems.

The cabin will house three seats for astronauts, along with a lighting system and two screens to monitor various parameters inside the cabin. One of the important features of the Gaganyaan cabin will be its camera sensors, which will track oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, ensuring the safety and well-being of the astronauts during their mission.

The mission is expected to have internet facilities, cameras throughout the cabin and two television monitors to keep astronauts connected and informed.

Nilesh Desai, director of ISRO Ahmedabad’s Space Applications Center (SAC), earlier said that the launch of a test vehicle, known as Test Vehicle D1 (TV D1), is scheduled for October-end.

Prime Minister Modi had announced Mission Gaganyaan during his Independence Day speech in 2018, aiming to achieve the mission by 2022. However, due to the Covid pandemic, the speed of the project was hampered and now the space agency aims to launch the project before the end of 2024 or early 2025.

The mission involves sending a crew of three to a 400-kilometer orbit for a three-day mission, followed by their safe return to Earth, as stated on ISRO’s official website. The crew will conclude their journey by disembarking in the waters of the Indian Ocean.

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Updated: October 7, 2023, 10:00 am IST

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