A live coverage shows Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)'s Aditya-L1 mission payloads blasting off from a launch pad aboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) XL rocket, at Birla Industrial and Technological Museum (BITM) in Kolkata, India, 02 September 2023. EFE-EPA FILE/PIYAL ADHIKARY

India to test vehicle for manned space mission Gaganyaan

New Delhi, Sep 15 (EFE).- The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is set to carry out the first test of the crew escape system of its ambitious manned spaceflight project Gaganyaan in October and November.

This would be the first of four abort missions of the vehicle for the project, that aims to put Indians in space by the next year, the Indian space agency told reporters on Friday.

Ganagyaan’s director R Hutton told reporters at a press conference in the city of Bengaluru that the project was now focused on testing the crew escape system at the Sriharikota space center in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.

ishnan Nair, había adelantado el pasado agosto que la misión Gaganyaan haría una prueba del sistema de escape utilizando un vehículo de prueba.

The director of ISRO’s Vikram Sarabhai space research center, S Unnikrishnan Nair, had announced in August that the Gaganyaan mission would be testing the escape system using a test vehicle.

He said that the escape system was the most important element of the mission and would be tested in different conditions, such as when the vehicle is in the launch phase.

According to ISRO, Gaganyaan is aimed to demonstrate the agency’s capacity to operate manned space flight by launching a three-member crew into a 400-kms orbit for a three-day mission, followed by a safe return to Earth in India’s maritime space.

The unmanned test missions announced so far include test flights and abort tests at different levels.

The ambitious mission comes after the successful launch and lunar landing of the unmanned Chandrayaan-3 mission, which released a rover at the south pole of the Moon, being explored for the first time.

India turned into the fourth country to achieve a controlled landing on the lunar surface after China, the United States and the former Soviet Union. EFE