ISRO announced the setting up of Human Space Flight Centre in Bengaluru for manned mission program.
The space agency, ISRO, has stated that ‘Gangayaan’ is the highest priority and the plan is to have the first unmanned mission in December 2020 and second for July 2021. This will be the maiden manned space mission ‘Gaganyaan’, which the agency has unveiled in the Human Space Flight Centre.
The space agency is all set for the human spaceflight program by the end of 2021, which is likely to include a woman astronaut. K Kasturirangan, former ISRO Chairman, in the presence of K Sivan, ISRO Chairman and Secretary, Department of Space, inaugurated the Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC) Wednesday at ISRO Headquarter campus in Bengaluru, the space agency said on its website.
The space agency has announced that the plan is to have the first unmanned mission in December 2020 and second for July 2021. The project is to be administered by of Human Space Flight Centre and it will monitor the implementation of Gangayaan project. The project involves end-to-end mission planning, development of engineering systems for crew survival in space, crew selection, and training and pursues activities for sustained human space flight missions.
This is an expensive project, for which an estimated US$ 12.57 billion (Rs 9,023 crore) has been allotted from the Union Cabinet during the launch. The existing centers of ISRO will support the first development flight of Gaganyaan under the human spaceflight program.
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