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ISRO Conducts First Test of Crew Escape Module

ISRO gears up for Human Space Flight Programme. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully conducted test of Crew Escape System that provides escape mechanism for 
ISRO Conducts First Test of Crew Escape Module

astronauts if the launch operation is aborted.
  • The crew escape system is being developed as part of the proposed Human Spaceflight Programme.
  • It was the first pad abort test, critical for future human space mission that demonstrated safe recovery of crew module in case of any exigency at the launch pad.
  • The test lasted little more than three minutes and involved aborting space capsule at the launch to save the astronaut.

Where do we stand at present?

  • India at present does not have human space flight programme.
  • Only three countries United States of America (USA), Russia and China have human space flight programmes.
  • The only Indian citizen to ever travel to space was fighter pilot Rakesh Sharma who flew aboard Soyuz T-11 (spacecraft of former USSR) in 1984.

How are we progressing?

  • ISRO is preparing report to be submitted to government for approval for human space flight programme.
  • Critical technology developments and demonstration for indigenous human space flight capability are in progress.
  • The crew module systems, space suit, recovery systems, crew escape systems and elements of environmental control and life support systems have already been developed by ISRO.
  • ISRO already has a designed phased programme in place to execute such mission.
  • If the programme is approved by the government, it could take less than 10 years for ISRO to take humans to space.
ISRO Conducts First Test of Crew Escape Module ISRO Conducts First Test of Crew Escape Module Reviewed by Shweta Kashyap on July 08, 2018 Rating: 5

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