Gearing for flight

India’s maiden human spaceflight — which will carry three crew members to low earth orbit — has been further delayed due to COVID-19 impact.

Gearing for flight

Thursday February 18, 2021,

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The much-awaited Gaganyaan mission is not likely to be launched before 2023.

India’s maiden human spaceflight — which will carry three crew members to low earth orbit — has been further delayed due to COVID-19 impact.

While Gaganyaan’s unmanned missions were initially slated for launch in December 2020 and July 2021, its first manned mission was scheduled for December 2021. 

However, due to the pandemic, these plans had to change. Now, the unmanned missions are planned for December 2021, and sometime in 2022-23, while the human space flight demonstration will follow soon after.

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Indian Spacetechsector is seeing an increase in innovations and reforms as the government opened it up to private players, signing partnering with startups working in this space. 

So far, companies including Chennai-based AgnikulCosmos, Hyderabad-based Skyroot Aerospace, and Benagluru-based Pixxelhave already inked partnerships with the Department of Space (DoS).

Interestingly, only three countries have managed to conduct human spaceflight missions — the US, Russia, and China. 

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