Cabinet approves Rs 10,000 cr Gaganyaan project: 3 Indians to spend a week in space

New Delhi: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, on Friday, announced the Cabinet’s approval of the Gaganyaan project under which a three-member crew will be sent to space for at least seven days. The project will cost Rs 10,000 crore, he said at a press conference.

The Gaganyaan project was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech, when he had said the mission will be undertaken by 2022.

India has already inked agreements with Russia and France for assistance in the ambitious project.

The Gaganyaan Programme is a national effort, where Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will collaborate extensively with laboratories, academia and national agencies spread across the length and breadth of the country.

ISRO will be responsible for realising the flight hardware of the mission with the help of the Industry, whereas the others will participate in crew training, human life science technology development initiatives as well as design reviews.

Earlier this year in July ISRO carried out a crucial Pad Abort Test, when a 12.5-ton crew module was tested to make sure in case of an accident on the launchpad, the crew can be rescued safely.

The first human space flight demonstration is expected to be completed within 40 months from the date of sanction. But before that, two unmanned flights in full complement will be carried out to test the technology and mission management aspects.

The Gaganyaan Programme will establish a broader framework for collaboration between ISRO, academia, industry, and national agencies.

It will enable more participation in research opportunities and technology development benefitting large number of students and researchers. This programme might as well generate employment and train human resources in advanced technologies.

(With inputs from Agencies)