After the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) could not establish contact with Vikram lander as the Chandrayaan-2 mission’s deadline already ended on September 21st, 2019, the space agency’s chairman K Sivan announced that they are currently looking forward towards the ‘Gaganyaan’ project on priority.
‘Gaganyaan’ is India’s ambitious maiden manned mission expected to be launched by 2021. Under the project, the ISRO has targeted to send a three-member crew to space in an indigenously-built rocket, said Sivan while addressing the eighth convocation of IIT, Bhubaneswar.
According to the ISRO chief by December 2020, India will have its first unmanned mission of human space plane and the second unmanned human space plane is targeted by 2021.
It may be mentioned that ‘Gaganyaan’ is an Indian crewed orbital spacecraft intended to be the basis of the Indian Human Spaceflight Programme. The spacecraft is being designed to carry three people, and a planned upgraded version will be equipped with rendezvous and docking capability.
It may be mentioned that the historic Chandrayaan 2 started its journey on July 22nd, 2019 launching from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on board heavy-lift rocket GSLV Mark 3. However, just minutes before its soft landing on the lunar surface, the ISRO lost contact with the ground station on September 7th, 2019.
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