Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) declared to send Indians to space on the event of completing 75 years of Independence. The mission is named as ‘Gaganyaan’ and it is not only the men program. A woman and a man will be sent to space by December 2021. This news has been confirmed by ISRO on Friday, 10th January 2019.
ISRO to Send Indians to Space by 2021 with Gaganyaan Mission
ISRO chief K Sivan said the mission is to send two unmanned missions in December 2020 and July 2021 and after that line it up with the kept an eye on the mission in December 2021.
“The initial training for Gaganyaan will be done in India and advanced training maybe in Russia. A woman astronaut is likely to be there on the team,” he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
In his Independence Day speech last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had reported that India would send a kept an eye on the mission to space by 2022 onboard Gaganyaan when the nation completes 75 years of Independence.
Modi had said that “an Indian son or daughter” will convey the national flag on this trip, Sivan on Friday proposed it could be both.
The Gaganyaan, India’s indigenous human spaceflight, will convey a three-part team for at least seven days in space at the overall expense of Rs 10,000 crore.
The ISRO chief said the due date has been progressed so that even in case of any set back the PM’s objective of 2022 can be accomplished.
Sivan kept the option open for regular citizens to be incorporated into the mission and said the criteria for selection will be stringent for the first mission however it may be relaxed for the second and third.
“We are not distinguishing. Indian Air Force (IAF) will be there, civilians can also be there. If they meet the required criteria and standard, they will be selected. The selection committee will take the final call,” Sivan said.
India could turn into the fourth nation to send a man to space, after past USSR, the US, and China. Denmark also has kept an eye on space flight scheduled for 2022.
It will be one of the significant missions embraced in India after the Chandrayaan-1 (October 2008) and Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), likewise called Mangalyaan (September 2014). The Union bureau has effectively endorsed the Gaganyaan program.