Thursday, November 30, 2023

ISRO Overcomes Glitch, Conducts Successful Gaganyaan Test Flight Abort Mission

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On Saturday, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully executed the Test Flight Abort Mission for the Gaganyaan mission following the initial test flight’s cancellation at 8:45 am because of an engine ignition issue.

Earlier today, ISRO briefly suspended the launch of the first uncrewed test flight (TV-D1 Flight Test) in the Gaganyaan Mission. The space agency subsequently confirmed that the identified errors had been rectified, and the second launch was rescheduled for 10:00 Hrs today.

This Flight Test Vehicle Abort mission’s purpose is to showcase the efficiency of the Crew escape system within the Gaganyaan mission. The mission goals of the TV-D1 launch include demonstrating and evaluating Test Vehicle subsystems, demonstrating and evaluating the Crew Escape System with various separation systems, examining crew module characteristics, and demonstrating the deceleration system at higher altitudes and its recovery.

The Test Vehicle, a single-stage liquid rocket tailored for this abort mission, includes the Crew Module (CM) and Crew Escape Systems (CES) with their fast-acting solid motors, alongside CM fairing (CMF) and Interface Adapters. This flight simulated the abort condition during the ascent trajectory, corresponding to a Mach number of 1.2 encountered in the Gaganyaan mission.

This mission signifies a significant milestone in India’s endeavor to showcase the potential of sending humans into space. The Gaganyaan project aims to demonstrate the capacity for human spaceflight by launching a crew of three individuals into a 400 km orbit for a 3-day mission and safely returning them to earth by landing in Indian waters.

This initiative will position India as the fourth country to initiate a manned spaceflight mission after the US, Russia, and China. Expanding on the achievements of Indian space initiatives, including the recent Chandrayan-3 and Aditya L1 missions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed India to set new and ambitious goals, including establishing the ‘Bharatiya Antariksha Station’ (Indian Space Station) by 2035 and sending the first Indian to the Moon by 2040.

Also Read: Gaganyaan Abort Test Launch Rescheduled for 10 am Today
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