Cabinet approves Gaganyaan Programme

• Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on August 28, 2018, unveiled the specifics of the Gaganyaan mission.

• The Gaganyaan mission was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the course of his 72nd Independence Working day speech.

Key highlights

• India’s first manned area mission ‘Gaganyaan’ will be launched by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) by 2022.

• The mission will send a 3-member crew to space for an interval of five to seven times.

• Prior to the actual start of this manned mission by 2022, the ISRO will start two unmanned Gaganyaan missions.

• It weighs close to 7 tonnes and will be carried by a rocket.

• The crew module’s size will be 3.7 meters and 7 meters.

• GSLV Mk-III start automobile will be utilised to start Gaganyaan.

• The spacecraft will be positioned in a very low earth orbit of 300-400 km.

• The spacecraft will comprise of a crew module and assistance module that represent an orbital module.

• Following the consider off, the manned flight will reach the orbit in 16 minutes.
• The crew will do microgravity experiment during the mission.

• The crew will be picked by Indian Air force (IAF) and ISRO jointly after which they will undergo schooling for two-3 years.

• The crew, while coming back to the Earth, could land in the Arabian Sea off the Gujarat coast or in the Bay of Bengal or even on land.

• The thriving implementation of the programme will make India the fourth nation on the planet to start a Human Spaceflight Mission. So far, only the USA, Russia and China have introduced human spaceflight missions.

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