The Ministry of Space has informed the Parliament that it is encouraging the private sector and start-ups to contribute to Mission Gaganyaan and assist with hardware realization, components supply, health monitoring devices, and virtual reality simulators. The facility is to be set up in Bengaluru, Karnataka. All the designs and facilities for the mission has been completed.
According to the ministry, the goal of the Gaganyaan Mission is to test the capacity of sending mankind into low earth orbit using space vehicles and safely returning them to Earth.
ISRO will also undertake a test vehicle flight to validate the ‘Crew Escape System’ performance, as well as Gaganyaan’s maiden uncrewed mission. The receipt of Gaganyaan deliverables against contracts with M/s. Glavkosmos in Russia and CNES, France has already commenced, the ministry said.
Glavkosmos, a Russian launch service provider, has been contracted by ISRO for the selection support, medical examination and space training of Indian astronauts. Glavkosmos will help ISRO’s Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC) select candidates for space flight. It will also carry out the medical examination of the candidates and train them for their journey to space.
The ministry further stated that the design of all systems and sub-systems for Mission Gaganyaan has been completed, and a long duration qualification test of human-rated cryogenic engine and first phase testing of human-rated VIKAS Engine has been concluded.
“Proof of concept demonstration for a ground network with service providers completed. Construction of integration facility for Orbital module preparation is nearing completion. While the design of various human-centric products has been completed, various prototypes are under realization,” stated the ministry.
India’s human space mission, which is one of the pet projects of ISRO, is estimated to cost around Rs 10,000 crore.