The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will conduct two unmanned termination missions in September and December to ensure the safety of the crew during the Gaganyaan mission. This is part of ISRO’s roadmap for the country’s first manned space flight, the Gaganyaan mission, scheduled for 2024.
This was informed by the chairman of ISRO S. Somnat in front of a leading daily. ISRO’s focus is on improving the system that will launch and send Indians on space missions, as well as protect astronauts if the mission fails. The first test car for this purpose will be launched in September this year.
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The unmanned capsule will be sent 15 km up. They will simulate an interrupted mission and then the capsule will be safely dropped into the sea by parachute. The second test car will be launched in December this year. It will be sent to a higher altitude, after which it will be returned after such a simulation.
The head of ISRO added that there was a deliberate delay in the manned mission because it is very dangerous. If that doesn’t work, the entire project may need to be closed, he said. S Somnath also said that they must be extremely accurate and absolutely sure. Because a failed mission will have a very bad effect on the system, as well as ISRO.
The Gaganyaan mission has been postponed due to a pandemic
The Gaganyaan mission, which will take three Indians into low Earth orbit (LEO), had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This mission was to be launched in 2022 at the end of 75 years of Indian independence. According to ISRO, the Gaganyaan program worth Rs 9,023 will lay the groundwork for a sustainable long-term space exploration program in India.
ISRO chief S Somnath said the Gaganyaan mission was adversely affected by Covid-19. The production and delivery of various systems were affected, leading to a loss of a year and a half. Electronics and computer chips, along with other parts, are purchased from Europe. There was also a cost limit due to the pandemic.
Static fire test of accelerators
S Somnath’s comments come days after ISRO successfully conducted a static fire test on the accelerators that will power Gaganyaan. The HS200 booster, loaded with 203 tons of solid fuel, was tested in 135 seconds.