The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on 31 January 2019 unveiled its Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC) at ISRO Headquarter campus in Bengaluru, Karnataka for its maiden manned space mission ‘Gaganyaan’. The space flight center was inaugurated by K Kasturirangan, former ISRO Chairman, in the presence of K Sivan, current ISRO Chairman and Secretary, Department of Space.
1. The centre shall be responsible for the development of engineering systems for crew survival in space, crew selection and training and also pursue activities for sustained human space flight missions.
2. S Unnikrishnan Nair is the founder director of HSFC, while R Hutton is the project director of Gaganyaan.
3. The Human Space Flight Centre shall be responsible for implementation of Gaganyaan project which involves end-to-end mission planning.
4. Directors of other ISRO Centres, former Chairman, and other dignitaries were present during the center’s unveiling.
5. It will take the support of existing ISRO centers to implement the first development flight of Gaganyaan under the human spaceflight programme.
6. Besides the center, a full-scale model of Gaganyaan’s crew module was unveiled during the event.
ISRO is gearing up for its maiden manned mission Gaganyaan, which is planned for 2021-end. The plan is to have the first unmanned mission in December 2020 and the second one in July 2021.
Once the two unmanned missions are completed, the manned mission will happen in December 2021. India’s first human spaceflight programme is likely to include a woman astronaut.