The space flight initiative of Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO), Crew Escape System Technology Demonstration is set to open new avenues in India’s human spaceflight programme. ISRO also said that it was a step forward in its space programme.
Taking the first step towards the country’s human space flight programme, Indian Space Research Organisation on Thursday successfully tested a capsule that will carry an Indian Astronaut into space in future.
The experiment on ‘Pad Abort’ or crew bailout system was conducted at a test facility in Sriharikota.
Explaining the nature of the test, ISRO chairman K Sivan told, “The experiment on the crew bailout system at 7 am in Sriharikota was a grand success. Instead of a person, a crew model was used.”
He further added that the model was kept in a capsule that got detached from the engine in air after a while of take-off, and moved away from it, a parachute was then deployed, and the capsule landed safely at a designated spot on the sea.
He opined, “The 259 second test on the crew capsule was insignificant as this would be a crucial component of the indigenous human space flight programme. The experiment on the critical technology was meant to check the safety mechanism of the human space capsule and to see if the crew can bail out easily if any untoward accident happens during the test-flight of the spacecraft.”
On the ensuing tests related to the manned mission, Sivan said, “Our next test will focus on aborting the capsule at flight mode. Like today’s test, many components needed for the country’s first manned mission will be tested in near future.”
A video released by ISRO shows the flight test being conducted successfully. On budget of the project, Sivan informed, “After today’s successful test, we will now prepare a project report and submit the same to the government for its approval.”
Until now only three countries, Russia, the US and China, have been able to send humans to space; and Thursday’s successful test show that ISRO has taken up the challenge for the manned mission seriously and the indigenous human space flight programme could become the elite project of Indian Space Research Organisation.
In 1981, Rakesh Sharma, first Indian to step on the surface of moon was an astronaut from Russian Spaceship. So, if this project sees the light of the day, then after Mangalayan it would be a huge success for ISRO, said an official.
Earlier, as per the press and video release of ISRO, on April 12th this year India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), in its forty-third flight (PSLV-C41) in XL configuration launched IRNSS-1I Satellite from First Launch Pad (FLP) of SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota. The ‘XL’ configuration of PSLV is used, as reported, for the twentieth time. The IRNSS-1I is the eighth satellite to join the NavIC navigation satellite constellation.