Historic achievement, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has successfully blasts off the first test flight of the Gaganyaan mission, marking a significant milestone in India's space sector and establishing the country as a major player in the sector. However, due to technical reasons and the need for further preparations, the launch of this ambitious mission has been rescheduled.
Sriharikota: Historic achievement, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has successfully blasts off the first test flight of the Gaganyaan mission, marking a significant milestone in India’s space sector and establishing the country as a major player in the sector. However, due to technical reasons and the need for further preparations, the launch of this ambitious mission has been rescheduled.
The trial was initially scheduled to take place at 8.45 am but due to a computer glitch, it was stopped shortly before the launch. ISRO has created history by resolving the technical glitch in just half an hour. ISRO Chief expressed happiness after the successful launch of Gaganyaan Mission. Earlier the flight was stopped due to technical glitch. However, the problem was rectified in just half an hour. The Gaganyaan mission aims to send a manned spacecraft into low Earth orbit and return it safely to Earth, India’s first manned mission.
After taking off from Sriharikota, Gaganyaan landed in the Bay of Bengal. After take off, first the test vehicle took the crew module and crew escape system into the sky and then took the crew module and crew escape system 17 km with a speed of 594 km. Separated at a height of. After this, two and a half km from water. With the opening of the module’s main parachute at an altitude of 1500 metres, its landing took place in the Bay of Bengal.
Now the recovery of the crew module and escape system will take place from here. The purpose of this ISRO test is to prepare the Gaganyaan mission for 2025, so that it can be found out how the astronauts will be evacuated safely if any disturbance occurs during the Gaganyaan mission.
“We are very happy to announce the success of the mission. The purpose of the mission was to demonstrate the crew escape system. The vehicle went slightly above the speed of sound, before it initiated the crew escape system,” Indian Space Research Organisation S Somanath said from the mission centre.
“The escape system took the crew module away from the vehicle and subsequent operations including the touch-down at the sea have been very well accomplished,” he added.
Mr Somanath said that the agency is now working to retreive the crew modules from the sea.
Reason for the launch hold is identified and corrected.
The launch is planned at 10:00 Hrs. today.
— ISRO (@isro) October 21, 2023
ISRO aims to launch the mission by 2024 or early 2025, with the first uncrewed mission planned for 2024. This will be followed by a manned mission, which will take Indian astronauts to an altitude of 400 kilometers above Earth and in orbit for a few days. After this the crew module will re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere and land in the Bay of Bengal. ISRO is committed to ensuring the safety of the astronauts during every phase of the mission.
The Gaganyaan mission is a testament to India’s growing capabilities in space exploration, with the country now joining the ranks of the United States, China and Russia in achieving such a feat. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the Gaganyaan mission on August 15, 2018 and is expected to make India a major player in the global space industry by 2025. ISRO is fully committed to the success of this mission and will continue to work towards realizing India’s space ambitions.