Gaganyaan flight test vehicle abort mission launch on October 21

Tambaram: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Tuesday posted details about Gaganyaan mission’s Flight Test Vehicle Abort Mission-1 (TV-D1) on X (formerly Twitter).

The space agency said that the test is scheduled for October 21 (Saturday) at 8am and the vehicle will be launched from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The ISRO post further said that it will be a “short-duration mission”.

It further informed that registration to witness the launch will commence at 6pm on Tuesday. TV-D1 will demonstrate the performance of the crew escape system.

The Gaganyaan project envisages a demonstration of ISRO’s human spaceflight capability by launching a human crew to an orbit of 400 km and bringing them safely back to earth.

According to ISRO website, the crew module for the Gaganyaan mission is in different stages of development. For TV-D1, the crew module is an unpressurised version.

It houses all the systems for the deceleration and recovery, with its complete set of parachutes, recovery aids actuation systems and pyros, the website further said.


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