Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is hoping they can complete the Human Spaceflight Programme (HSP) by December 2021.
Top boss of the space agency earlier this week said, “ISRO has set itself a target of December 2021 for the launch of HSP, which is more ambitious than its own Mangalyaan Mission. It is also announced that this man mission project is brain child of PM Narendra Modi, who expected to complete it by 2022.
But ISRO chief Sivan K said, “We have set a target of December 2021 for the launch of HSP so that we have some margin in case there are glitches to still meet the Prime Minister’s deadline of 2022.”
A source from Indian Space agency confirmed that before this mission, ISRO would have to test a series of critical tests, including two unmanned missions—in December 2020 and June 2021 inflight abort test of the crew module among others.
Answering a specific a specific question on the project, K Sivan added that we will have the capability of sending three people who can stay there for seven days. But whether or not we will sends so many people for those number of days has not been taken . It will be taken later, closer to the mission date.
Another source revealed that the manned mission– Gaganaayan—is expected to send three persons into space for one week. The spacecraft, carrying three person crew, will take just 16 minutes to reach space after its launch and will spend seven days in a low earth orbit of 300 to 400 km, before returning to Earth.
GSLV MKIII, a three stage heavy fit launch vehicle will be used to launch Ganganayaan as it has the necessary payload capability.
On this project Minister of State for Atomic Energy and Space, Jitendra Singh, gave the details yesterday saying two unmanned Gaganaayan missions will be undertaken prior to sending humans. He opined that the total programme is expected to end before 2022. The first unmanned flight within 30 months. The mission will aim to send a three person crew to space for a period of seven days.
After successfully first time launch of Mangalayan in 2013, ISRO has seen an unprecedented rise in popularity and now it is being counted in the league of NASA and European Space Agency.