Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already announced a powerful mission of sending Indian astronauts to space by 2022. And now the Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), K Sivan has addressed the same on Tuesday. The name of this mission is “Gaganyaan”, which is India’s first manned space flight. Consequently, after this, India will rank fourth after the USA, Russia, and China to send humans to space.
Three Indian astronauts will reach space within 16 minutes of the launch. Then they will spend five to seven days in earth’s orbit. Possibly while coming back, the crew will land in the Arabian Sea of Gujarat coast or Bay of Bengal or on the land. As expected ISRO will launch Gaganyaan by the year 2022 said Sivan.
Jitendra Singh, Minister of state for atomic energy and space also stated detailed information. “A crew module carrying three Indians will be attached with a service module. Together, these two modules will comprise the orbital module that will be integrated with an advanced version of GSLV Mk III rocket.”
He further added, “The rocket when launched from Sriharikota will take the crew to the low-earth orbit. Which is some 300-400 km from the Earth, within 16 minutes. The crew in the module will spend around five to seven days in space. Where they will do several micro-gravity and scientific experiments.”
However, for technical problems, crew module has a landing backup of Bay of Bengal. But it is recoverable within 20 minutes of the splashdown. “The crew module will have a 3.5-meter diameter and will be the size of a small cubicle. The total mass of the module will be 7 tonnes,” he said.