Gaganyaan mission will be postponed until 2022, and Isro will launch two ‘abort missions’ in September and December

The Indian Space & Research Organisation (Isro) has announced that two unmanned abort missions will be carried out to ensure crew safety during the Gaganyaan mission. Isro will execute the abort missions in September and December, according to S. Somnath, chairman of the Indian space agency. The latest announcement clarifies the situation surrounding India’s first astronaut voyage to space.

According to reports, the mission would likely be delayed for another two years while Isro works to develop the mechanism that will launch and land Indian astronauts on space missions. Gaganyaan was supposed to debut this year to commemorate India’s 75th anniversary of independence. However, the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns caused several setbacks. “Human safety is our first priority.”

As a result, we’re currently concentrating on abort missions, which involve simulating failures and safely returning the crew. “We will launch the first Test Vehicle for this purpose in September this year,” Somnath told The Indian Express. Gaganyaan’s boosters undergo a static fire test.

The spacecraft will be launched to a height of 15 kilometres during the test mission, during which Isro will simulate an abort situation, after which the crew capsule will descend to Earth via parachutes. Isro will launch the Gaganyaan crew capsule to a greater altitude in the second simulation and perform a similar abort scenario to improve the system.

“We are delaying the manned mission on purpose since it is a highly perilous operation.” If this fails, the entire project may have to be shut down. As a result, we must be highly precise and certain. “A failed mission will have a significant negative impact on the system as well as ISRO,” warned the Secretary of the Department of Space. Somnath’s remarks came just days after the space agency successfully completed a static fire test of the Gaganyaan boosters.

The HS200 solid rocket booster was launched from Sriharikota’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre. The rocket will serve as the vehicle’s first stage. The HS200 booster was tested for 135 seconds when loaded with 203 tonnes of solid propellant. The 20-meter-long, 3.2-meter-diameter booster is the world’s second-largest functioning solid-propellant booster.

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