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Gaganyaan mission likely to be launched by 2022 end or early 2023: Jitendra Singh

The mission, initially scheduled for a launch by 2022, was delayed due to coronavirus pandemic

New Delhi: India’s ‘Gaganyaan’ mission is likely to be launched by the end of 2022 or early 2023, Union minister Jitendra Singh stated on Wednesday.

The mission, initially scheduled for a launch by 2022, was delayed due to coronavirus pandemic. It goals to launch a manned mission within the Lower Earth Orbit.


“We may have really executed this (launched Gaganyaan by 2022). We had deliberate to time it alongside the seventy fifth anniversary of India’s Independence, but it surely couldn’t occur that manner due to the inevitable delay brought about due to COVID-19.

“But I’m positive, perhaps by the end of subsequent yr or could be (by) the start of 2023, we might be in a position to do this as properly,” he stated.

Singh, the Minister of State within the Department of Space, was addressing a webinar on ‘Future of India-Oceania Space Technology Partnerships’ organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) right here.

He additional stated a brainstorming train by area scientists and authorities officers in 2015-16 helped them perceive the place area know-how may be used.


“Space know-how has a task to play, just about, in each sector,” he asserted.

Space know-how has come very useful within the space of catastrophe administration, the minister stated, including that area drugs can be deeply linked within the endeavour to ship three Indians to area.

According to the federal government, 4 organic and two bodily science associated microgravity experiments from tutorial establishments are shortlisted for unmanned mission of the Gaganyaan programme.

Singh additionally emphasised on the significance of reaching out to start-ups and business gamers working within the area of area.

Speaking on India’s collaboration with oceanic international locations within the space of area, he famous that India has a “consolation degree” with these international locations which makes it straightforward to collaborate with them.


“The Oceania international locations resembling New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Island international locations may also collaborate (with India) and work on joint area know-how options and revolutionary merchandise,” the MoS added.

Earlier this week, Anthony Murfett, Deputy Head, Australia Space Agency had stated Australia would be supporting India’s Gaganyaan mission by monitoring it by Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

‘Mangalyaan’, India’s Mars Orbiter Mission, was tracked from Fiji.


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