ISRO Target To Send Astronauts To Space By December 2021

ISRO Target To Send Astronauts To Space By December 2021

ISRO Target To Send Astronauts To Space In December 2021

New Delhi: Indian Space Research Organisation to send astronauts to space in December 2021, says ISRO chief K Sivan today. The preparations for Gaganyaan Mission are underway. It has been a major turning point for ISRO. The target for two unmanned missions to space is December 2020 and July 2021. The target for a manned mission to space is December 2021.

The announcement of the Gaganyaan project was first made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on India's 72nd Independence Day - his fifth and final address ahead of the next general elections.

"The inital training for Gaganyaan will be done in India and advanced training maybe in Russia. Women astronauts will be there on the team. That's our aim," says K. Sivan

Last month, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had announced that three Indian astronauts will be sent to space for up to seven days by 2022 as part of Gaganyaan. The cabinet has cleared of Rs. 10,000 crore for the programme.

The astronauts will be called "Vyomnauts" since "Vyom" in Sanskrit means space. The ISRO chief said the candidates selected for the space mission will be trained initially in India and then sent abroad for advanced training. 

India has inked agreements with Russia and France for assistance in Gaganyaan.

Till date, ISRO has spent Rs. 173 crore developing critical technologies for human space flight. The plan was first pitched in 2008 but was put on the backburner as the economy and Indian rockets experienced setbacks.