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Three astronauts docked at the International Space Centre (ISS) on Thursday after taking off on a six hour flight from Russia''s Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The flight went as per schedule, though because of the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, there were tweaks in the protocol, with the traditional pre flight family meeting and press conference being modified to just an email presser.However, the pandemic might cast a doubt on the dates of India''s ambitious human space flight programme Gaganyaan.
"We willl sustain that with more (human spaceflight) missions. Then we will have our space station," Sivan told ET.As per the daily, ISRO has designed an autonomous 3.7 tonne spacecraft to carry a three member crew to space, however, the number of astronauts may reduce to one for the project.
The space agency along with trying to communicate with Vikram lander and Gaganyaan, they are also working on a total of seven interplanetary missions. Among the destinations are Mars, the Moon, Venus, the Sun's corona and interplanetary space to study space.
The Indian Space Research Organisation has not been able to contact Chandrayaan 2 lander Vikram, ISRO chief K Sivan said on Saturday as the deadline to contact the lander, which had a 14 day mission life, ended. The premier space agency made a historic attempt to soft land on the lunar surface on September 7.
CHENNAI : India and Russia are discussing a wide range of cooperation in the space sector with the latter's offer of its semi cryogenic engine technology and critical components for India's human space capsule, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)Chairman K. Sivan said on Sunday."We are in discussions with the Russian space agency on various aspects and nothing has been firmed up. What has been finalised is the agreement to train the Indian cosmonauts by Russia for our human space mission Gaganyaan," Sivan told IANS in an interview here.
Space02 Jul 2019Last week, India signed a deal with a Russian organisation to help train the astronauts for its major Gaganyaan mission.
The Indian Space Research Organisation has signed a contract with a Russian company for selection support, medical examination and space training of Indian astronauts for the country's proposed maiden manned space mission 'Gaganyaan'.
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In one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken by India, the country is planning to launch its own space station, Indian space agency ISRO chief K Sivan said today. India is targeting 2030 as the date to launch a 20 tonne space station, which will most likely be used to conduct microgravity experiments. The preliminary plan for the space station is to accommodate astronauts for upto 15 20 days in space, but specific details will emerge after the maiden manned mission, Gaganyaan, is complete.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Wednesday said it signed an agreement with the state run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Tuesday for crew selection and training for the country's prestigious maiden manned mission Gaganyaan by 2021 22."The agreement was signed by Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Space Operations) Air Vice Marshal R.G.K. Kapoor and Gaganyaan Project Director R. Hutton in the presence of the space agency's Chairman K. Sivan here," tweeted IAF.
ISRO, even before the launch of the highly awaited Chandryaan 2, is simultaneously preparing for another prestigious mission. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Indian Air Force (IAF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the ambitious Gaganyaan mission that is expected to take place in 2022. On 28 May 19 IAF signed MoU with ISRO for crew selection amp; training for the prestigious Gaganyaan Programme. AVM RGK Kapoor, ACAS Ops (Space), IAF handed over the MoU to Shri R Hutton, Project Director of Gaganyaan Programme, says an announcement made by the official handle of Indian Air Force on Twitter.
The US is interested in forming a working group with India for its human space mission programme, former NASA administrator Maj. Gen. Charles Frank Bolden Jr. said on Friday. Bolden, the US science envoy for space, said the two countries share a robust relationship in the area of space and have formed working groups to further cooperation in the arena. Earlier, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief K Sivan said that the preparations for the Gaganyaan Mission are underway and the organisation is targeting for two unmanned missions to space in December 2020 and 2021.Responding to a question at an interaction at the Observer Research Foundation on whether the two sides were also collaborating for the human space project, Bolden said, "I think, (ISRO Chairman) Dr (K) Sivan is communicating with (NASA) administrator (Jim) Bridenstine. He would like to propose that they form another working group singularly on human space programme."