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Gaganyaan: Maiden human space flight

Gaganyaan mission: A testament to the India's growing prowess in the field of space exploration.

By Vishnu pprasathPublished 2 months ago 3 min read

India's Gaganyaan mission, a significant milestone in the country's space exploration journey, aims to send humans into outer space by 2025. This ambitious project is a part of India's broader space program, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), which has been steadily expanding its capabilities and achievements in the field of space technology. Gaganyaan is a three-part mission, comprising of a crew module, service module, and the crew itself. The crew will consist of three Indian astronauts, who will spend up to seven days in space, orbiting the Earth at an altitude of around 400 kilometers.

India's space agency Isro has been carrying out a number of tests to prepare for the flight. In October 2023, a key test demonstrated that the crew could safely escape the rocket in case it malfunctioned. After its success, Isro said a test flight would take a robot into space in 2024, before astronauts are sent into space in 2025. On February 2024, four Airforce pilots have been chosen to make their maiden space flight. The chosen officers, chosen from the Indian Air Force, are

Group Captain Prashanth Balakrishnan Nair

Group Captain Ajit Krishnan

Group Captain Angad Pratap

Wing Commander Shubhanshu Shukla

The four gaganyaans were selected from a pool of Air Force pilots and had undergone extensive physical and psychological tests before being shortlisted. They have undergone rigorous training for 13 months in Russia.

ISRO also introduced the robot that will be sent to space for a test on February 2024. The name of the robot is Vyommitra which is sanskrit word meaning 'space friend'.

If India succeeds in this mission, they become the fourth country to send human into space after Soviet union, US and China. The Gaganyaan mission holds immense importance for India on multiple fronts. Firstly, it signifies the nation's entry into the elite club of countries with human spaceflight capabilities, joining the United States, Russia, China, and Europe. Secondly, it will significantly boost India's space technology and research capabilities, allowing the country to contribute further to global space exploration efforts. Additionally, the mission will inspire a new generation of scientists, engineers, and dreamers to pursue careers in the field of space science and technology.

To accomplish this monumental task, ISRO has been working tirelessly on developing the necessary infrastructure, technology, and expertise. This includes the development of advanced life support systems, heat shields, and space suits for the astronauts, as well as the establishment of a state-of-the-art mission control center.

ISRO has developed a launch vehicle named Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk III). In February 2021, the GSLV Mk III successfully launched the indigenously built GSAT-17 satellite, showcasing the vehicle's reliability and capability to carry heavier payloads. India has successfully developed its indigenous space suit, a crucial component for the Gaganyaan mission. The suit, designed to withstand extreme temperatures and pressures, has undergone extensive testing and is now ready for use by Indian astronauts during their space journey.

The Gaganyaan mission will also have significant implications for India's space-based applications, such as remote sensing, communication, navigation, and weather forecasting. The data collected from the mission will help improve the accuracy and reliability of these applications, benefiting various sectors like agriculture, disaster management, and defense. Moreover, the mission will contribute to the global understanding of the effects of long-duration space exposure on human physiology, which is crucial for future manned missions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond.

Despite the challenges and complexities involved in the Gaganyaan mission, India remains committed to its successful completion. The mission is a testament to the nation's growing prowess in the field of space exploration and its determination to contribute to the advancement of human knowledge and understanding of the universe. As India takes this giant leap into the cosmos, it will not only inspire its citizens but also serve as a beacon of hope and ambition for the global space community.


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