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Gaganyaan mission: In a first, India to send humans into space for 7 days

The total programme is expected to be completed before 2022 with the first unmanned flight within 30 months

Gaganyaan Mission  |  India Space Mission  |  Pm Narendra Modi

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Isro, satellite, GSLV, PSLV
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India's first manned space flight - Gaganyaan - is expected to send three persons into the space for seven days and the will be placed in a low earth orbit of 300-400 km.

Giving details of the programme at a press conference here, Minister of State for Atomic Energy and Space, said GSLV Mk III, the three-stage heavy lift launch vehicle, will be used to launch Gaganyaan as it has the necessary payload capability.

He said two unmanned Gaganyaan missions will be undertaken prior to sending humans.

"The total programme is expected to be completed before 2022 with the first unmanned flight within 30 months. The mission will aim to send a three-person crew to space for a period of seven days. The will be placed in a low earth orbit of 300-400 km. The programme is expected to cost less than Rs 10 billion," Singh said.

The was announced by Prime Minister during his address. He had said that by 2022 or even before that, some of the young boys and girls will unfurl the Tricolour in space.

Sing said the complex programme will truly be a endeavour with the participation of ISRO, academia, industry as well as other government and private agencies as stake holders.

"The mission will make the fourth nation in the world to launch a Human Spaceflight Mission," Singh said.

To accelerate the programme, ISRO may consider seeking collaborations with space agencies from friendly countries and advanced space programmes, he said.


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First Published: Tue, August 28 2018. 16:06 IST