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ISRO sets up Human Space Flight Centre for Gaganyaan mission

Feb 4, 2019 18:20 IST
ISRO sets up Human Space Flight Centre for Gaganyaan mission
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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on January 31, 2019 unveiled its Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC) at ISRO Headquarter campus in Bengaluru, Karnataka for its maiden manned space mission 'Gaganyaan'.

The space flight centre was inaugurated by K Kasturirangan, former ISRO Chairman, in the presence of K Sivan, current ISRO Chairman and Secretary, Department of Space.

Significance

ISRO is gearing up for its maiden manned mission Gaganyaan, which is planned for 2021-end. The plan is to have the first unmanned mission in December 2020 and the second one in July 2021.

Once the two unmanned missions are completed, the manned mission will happen in December 2021.

India’s first human spaceflight programme is likely to include a woman astronaut.

Key Highlights

The Human Space Flight Centre shall be responsible for implementation of Gaganyaan project which involves end-to-end mission planning.

The centre shall be responsible for the development of engineering systems for crew survival in space, crew selection and training and also pursue activities for sustained human space flight missions.

It will take the support of existing ISRO centres to implement the first development flight of Gaganyaan under the human spaceflight programme.

S Unnikrishnan Nair is the founder director of HSFC, while R Hutton is the project director of Gaganyaan.

Directors of other ISRO Centres, former Chairman and other dignitaries were present during the centre’s unveiling.

Besides the centre, a full-scale model of Gaganyaan’s crew module was unveiled during the event.

The Union Cabinet had recently given its nod for the Rs 9,023 crore programme.