ISRO unveils Gaganyaan Mission to put Indians in space before 2022
India’s first manned space mission ‘Gaganyaan’ will be launched by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) by 2022. The mission was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his 72nd Independence Day speech. The Prime Minister had announced that this manned space mission will take Indian astronauts to space on board ‘Gaganyaan’ by 2022.
The programme will make India the fourth nation in the world to launch a Human Spaceflight Mission. So far, only the USA, Russia and China have launched human spaceflight missions. The mission’s crew will be selected by Indian Air Force (IAF) and ISRO jointly after which they will undergo training for two-three years.
Prior to the actual launch of this manned mission by 2022, the ISRO will launch two unmanned Gaganyaan missions in 2020. The crew vehicle is planned to be launched on ISRO’s GSLV Mk III in December 2021. The mission Gaganyaan would cost about Rs. 10,000 crore. The spacecraft will be placed in the low earth orbit of 300-400 km.