The first trial for Gaganyaan will be done by the end of 2023 or the beginning of 2024. The first test flight will be followed by sending a female-looking humanoid robot - Vyom Mitra. We've to ensure that the final Gaganyaan flight should be normal and uneventful," Singh said.
India's first human space-flight mission
According to a recent report, Gaganyaan, India's maiden human space-flight mission, is expected to launch in 2024, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said. As mentioned earlier, the government had planned to launch the space-flight this year, in 2021. The schedule got delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ISRO may soon join an elite space club alongside US, Russia, and China
- Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Tuesday said that India's maiden human space-flight mission Gaganyaan is expected to be launched in 2024. He added that the government had planned the human space flight for 2022, the year of India's 75th anniversary of Independence, but the schedule went awry on account of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- "The COVID-19 pandemic took a toll on the training of astronauts in Russia as well as India," PTI quoted Singh as saying, adding the first test-flight of the Gaganyaan mission is scheduled to take place later this year.
- The first test-flight will be followed by sending a female-looking spacefaring humanoid robot - Vyom Mitra - in outer space likely next year, Singh said. The Indian Air Force had identified four fighter pilots as the potential crew for the human space flight mission. The potential crew had undergone basic training in Russia.
- The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will send at least two astronauts into a low earth orbit in 2024 after assessing the outcome of the two orbital test flights, Singh said. Officials said during the test mission, the spacecraft will be launched to an altitude of 15 km during which space scientists will simulate an abort scenario to ensure the return crew capsule to the Earth using parachutes. The second orbital test flight will take the Gaganyaan crew capsule to ..
ISRO also plans to launch the Chandrayaan-3 mission to the moon sometime next year. Officials said there were two launch windows for the moon mission next year in February and July. Chandrayaan-3 is a successor to the Chandrayaan-2 mission that crash-landed on the lunar surface.