India’s space agency ISRO has been developing ‘Gaganyaan Programme’ that will cost over Rs 10,000 crore. The mission will have two unmanned flights and a manned flight that will carry three Indian astronauts for a period of seven days into space. The total cost of the project is reported to be Rs. 10,000 crores and the mission, if successful, will ensure India’s addition to the club of three countries that have sent a manned mission to the outer space.
According to ISRO chairman K Sivan,
“The astronauts will be inside a crew module which will be attached to a services module to maintain services for them, and then onto an orbital module. The orbital module will be placed on the launch vehicle for the launch. The launch will take place within 16 minutes, the crew will be transported from Sriharikota to a low earth orbit of 400 km. They will stay in orbit for 5-7 days.”
In preparation for the human spaceflight, ISRO tested the GSLV Mk-III rocket in July last year and also tested the crew abort and escape system successfully. The testing phase is expected to begin from December 2020 and the mission will be undertaken from 2022.