Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman Sivan K stated that the space agency has positively set a target of December 2021 for the launch of the Human Spaceflight Programme (HSP) which is considered more passionate and ambitious than the 2022 deadline set by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
On Wednesday Sivan said, “We’ve 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.” Prior to the launch, ISRO will have to carry out several critical tests which also include two unmanned or emasculated missions in December 2020 and June 2021 – inflight abort check of the crew module among others.
Human Mission – Important Decisions
The agency will also be working on the enhancement of other technologies such as – crew reinforce system, the service module, and also the orbital module for the project. Asserting these facts, Sivan also declared that so far no decision has been made by the space agency with respect to the number of Gaganauts (astronauts), or the number of days they will spend in space.
After being asked a specific question on the venture he said, “We can delight in the capability of sending three contributors that would perhaps perchance defend there for seven days. But whether or no longer or no longer we’ll be able to ship so many folks for these need of days has no longer been taken. This could increasingly be taken later, nearer to the mission date.”
As a matter of fact, this is the first time ISRO is attempting to transport humans to space, there will be a minimum number of Gaganauts spending minimum days in the space as ISRO has to maintain the complexity of the mission as well as the tight schedule.
Private Industry and Foreign Contribution
Considering the gigantic project of HSP will require a large scale of infrastructure and other systems related to the venture, Sivan urged the private industry to participate and contribute actively to meet the deadline set by Narendra Modi.
“The private sector will contribute in a major way. We need huge facilities like mission control, tracking, Launchpad preparations and so on where industry must work continuously”, he said.
While acknowledging that the Indian Air Force (IAF) will be wholly responsible for the selection of the astronauts, Sivan, therefore, said:v “Theoretically anybody can go to space, there will be no restrictions.”
After having a formal discussion with IAF, he said: “Once the astronauts are selected they will need two to three years of training, for which we will take help from other countries.”
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