After humanoids, ISRO may test human endurance in Gaganyaan

Indian Air Force, DRDO and other agencies will play a major role during the selection of astronauts for the human space mission project of ISRO called Gaganyaan

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New Delhi: Following media reports that the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), sensitive to animal rights, will send a humanoid for space travel on Gaganyaan to test how the passengers cope with the conditions, the country’s space agency has said it will test real human beings too, albeit subsequently. The astronauts on the human space mission ‘Gaganyaan’ will mostly be pilots, hinted scientists on Friday.

“We are looking for people with sufficient flying experience,” said an ISRO scientist requesting anonymity.

ISRO Chairman K Sivan said the Indian Air Force and other agencies will play a major role during the selection of astronauts for the human space mission project.

Another scientist said the Defence Research and Development Organisation too will play a major role in this endeavour.

Addressing a press conference here, Sivan said the first unmanned mission for Gaganyaan has been planned for December 2020, the second unmanned mission for July 2021 and the final manned mission by December 2021.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the Gaganyaan project envisaging sending three humans to space by 2022.

But human astronauts will be sent on a subsequent mission. “The humanoid is almost ready,” K Sivan, Chairman of ISRO had told the media yesterday, adding, “This missions should serve a purpose beyond displaying our ability to send humans and bring them back safely.”

The humanoid will conduct, and be used to carry out, experiments using the zero gravity environment that the mission will offer. ISRO has expressed that they intend to cash in on the opportunity to carry out studies using the humanoid model to the maximum possible degree.