Federal Minister of Space and Technology Jitendra Singh said India’s first manned spaceflight mission “H1” is expected to launch in the fourth quarter of 2024.
In a written response to a question in Lok Sabha, the Minister said that due to the paramount importance of crew safety, two vehicle test missions were scheduled prior to the “G1” mission to demonstrated the performance of the crew evacuation system and the parachute deceleration system for different flight conditions.
Singh added that the unmanned “G1” mission is expected to launch in the last quarter of 2023, followed by a second unmanned “G2” mission in the second quarter of 2024, before the mission final “H1” manned spaceflight in the fourth trimester. of the year 2024.
“The first unmanned flight of the Gaganyaan program, i.e. “G1″ mission, is aimed at validating the performance of the human launch vehicle, the propulsion system of the orbital module, the mission management, communications and recovery operations. The mission will carry a humanoid as a payload,” he said. The minister added that the astronauts assigned to the manned spaceflight mission have been identified and are currently undergoing their mission-specific training in Bangalore. “The first semester of astronaut training is complete, during which they have completed course modules in basic theory, space medicine, launch vehicles, spacecraft systems, and mechanics. ground support infrastructure.”
Singh said regular exercise sessions, aviation medical training and flight practice are also part of the crew training process. “The corresponding assessment and evaluation activities have also been completed. The second semester of crew training is currently underway.”
- India’s first human spaceflight, known as ‘H1’, is scheduled to launch in Q4 2024: Govt
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