Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) K Sivan explained today as to how the Gaganyaan mission is compromising and sending three crew members and sending them to the lower orbit of the Earth and they are planning to do it within 16 minutes after the launch. These crew members will be staying in space for five to seven days. While addressing the country on Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told his ambitious mission of sending Indian to Space. If done right, then India will turn out to be the fourth country to do so after China, Russia and United Stated of America.
The crew module will splash into the Arabain Sea along the Gujarat Coast, while making it back to Earth. Alternate landing has been planned in the Bay of Bengal and even on land. Once the crew module covers 120 km after reaching the earth’s surface, it will take just 36 minutes for the crew to land. Sivan told at a press conference that they are planning to execute the mission six months before India’s 75th Independence Day with the help of GSLV Mk- III launch vehicle, and the spacecraft is said to be placed 300-400km in the lower orbit of the Earth.
The cost of the whole programme is expected to be less than Rs 10,000 crore as told by Mr. Sivan. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State at the Prime Minister Office said that the cost for this mission is very less when compared to other missions to space. The crew that is going to be sent will be decide by ISRO and Indian Air Force together after which the members will be going through vigorous training for 2-3 years. As told by Sivan, the mission will comprise a crew module, service module and orbital module, weighing approximately seven tonnes, and will be carried by a rocket and the crew module’s size will be 3.7 metres x 7 metres. ISRO may consider collaborating with other friendly countries which have advance space programmes in order to accelerate the mission.