India’s maiden human space mission to be done by end of 2023 or at beginning of 2024.
Minister of State for Science and Technology, Jitendra Singh has said that the first trial for Gaganyaan, India’s maiden human space mission, will be done by the end of 2023 or at the beginning of 2024.
He said the first test flight will be followed by sending a female-looking humanoid robot – Vyom Mitra to ensure that the final flight of Gaganyaan is flawless. Dr. Jitendra Singh said, on the basis of these two missions, our astronauts will go in the third mission. With the launch of Gaganyaan, India will become the fourth nation in the world to launch a Human Spaceflight Mission after the US, Russia, and China.
Speaking about what the Gaganyaan programme is all about, Singh said that the initiative is to showcase the capability to send human beings to low earth orbit (LEO) onboard on Indian Launch Vehicle and bring them safely back to earth. Furthermore, over 500 Industries are currently involved in the launch of Gaganyaan with several research modules, which also includes the indigenous health research module as well. For the first time in 70 years, the Union Minister said that this was made possible as the sector has been opened for all private participation to make the country a competitive Space market.