New Delhi: The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), badly damaged by the Kovid epidemic-triggered constraints, will not be able to meet the country’s first human spaceflight mission or the scheduled launch deadline of December 2021 and the mission will surely be delayed. Two unmanned missions scheduled before the manned mission to send ISRO “humanoids” into space are unlikely to be completed by 2021.
Speaking to TOI, ISRO President K. Shivan said, “Our mission activities have suffered a lot due to the past epidemic-triggered lockdown and the constraints in various cities (ISRO centers). We are targeting (to launch two unmanned missions by next year). But there is still a lot of work to be done. We need to be evaluated first. ”
Asked if ISRO would be able to launch its final campaign by August 15, 2022, PM Narendra Modi said in his I-Day address that the deadline for 2018 coincides with India’s 75th Independence Day. Makes every effort to go fast. Since ISRO is not sure of completing two unmanned missions next year, the final manned mission launch will not be possible by December 2021 or early 2022.
However, “the realization of the service module and the staff module is underway,” Sivan said. Local development of the environmental control and life support system is also underway. “The training of four astronauts in Russia” will be completed by March or April of next year, and then they will undergo further training in India, ”he said.
Last month, ISRO said its heavy-lifter GSLV MKII launcher has been identified for the Gaganyan mission and that the rocket’s human rating (adapted to carry humans) process is in progress. In order to increase the human rate, many new design features have been introduced in the hardware.
A week ago, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), ahead of its schedule for ISRO, the company’s largest cryogenic propellant tank (C-32 LH2), formed on November 30. The tank is an aluminum alloy development cryogenic propellant tank designed to improve the payload capability of the GSLV MK-3, which takes astronauts into space. HAL supported the space agency during the development of a staff environment re-entry experiment and PAD shutdown test for personnel escape.
Similarly, engineering major Larsen and Toubro (L&T) last month delivered the first hardware – the booster division – for the Gagnon Launcher. “Despite the limitations imposed by the Kovid-19, the world’s third-largest solid propellant rocket booster ‘S-200’ is delivered mid-term with zero-faults,” the company said. Sivan later congratulated L&T, saying “L&T and ISRO teams have worked relentlessly in realizing aircraft hardware ahead of schedule while maintaining the high quality standards required for human spaceflight operations.”


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