The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched successfully the Gaganyaan Mission Test Flight TV-D1 today after canceling it initially. TV-D1 refers to Test Vehicle Demonstration 1.
In the morning, the first flight test was canceled at 8:45 a.m. due to an issue with the engine ignition. However, ISRO scientists quickly identified and resolved the issues. Afterward, ISRO achieved a major milestone in successfully executing the Gaganyaan Mission Test Flight from Sriharikota, an Island in India at 10:00 a.m.
Chairman of ISRO, S Somanth made the announcement of the successful TV-D1 flight launch. He said he was very happy to announce the successful accomplishment of the TV-D1 mission. Somanth and his colleagues cheered and applauded at the launch.
However, during the first attempt at flight, the ISRO Chief announced that the TV-D1 lift-off could not happen today due to an issue of engine ignition. So he said ISRO scientists needed to look at what happened and they would come back after correcting engine errors and schedule a test flight launch soon. Within two hours, they managed to figure out the problem and succeeded in the launch.
The name of the “Gaganyaan” mission is basically derived from a Sanskrit word. “Gagana” means “celestial” and “yana” means craft or vehicle.
India will be the fourth country to send humans into space
The Gaganyaan project has been developed at the cost of 90 billion rupees. Gaganyaan mission aims to send the astronauts to an orbit of 400km and bring them back after three days.
In case, it gets successful, India will become only the fourth country to send a human into space after the Soviet Union, United States, and China.
After the successful completion of all these tests, ISRO will send a manned mission comprised of three astronauts into low-Earth orbit. Indian Government announced that they will be sent most likely in 2025. This successful TV-D1 launch will open the way for unmanned missions including robots into space in 2024.
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