ISRO congratulates Elon Musk’s SpaceX and NASA on a ‘historical first launch’ of human spaceflight
Indian Space Research Organisation( ISRO) tweeted congratulations to Elon Musk’s SpaceXand NASAon the successful ‘historical first launch’ of human spaceflight.
- “Great job,” ISRO wrote.
- The Indian space agency is pegged to launch its own maiden human spaceflight,
Gaganyaan, in 2022.
Congratulations to #NASA and #SpaceX for historic first launch of manned mission after 2011. Great job !— ISRO (@isro) 1590990033000
Musk founded SpaceX in 2002 and on May 30 EST it successfully launched its first people — veteran NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley — into Earth’s orbit blasting them towards the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the Falcon 9 rocket.
This is the first time in human history @NASA_Astronauts have entered the @Space_Station from a commercially-made s… https://t.co/nA4FTvLvMA— NASA (@NASA) 1590945846000
The Endeavour was designed by SpaceX and funded by NASA. Musk was overcome with emotion while addressing the press during the post-launch press conference. “I’m really quite overcome with emotion on this day. It’s kind of hard to talk, frankly,” he said.
ISRO’s plans for Gaganyaan
ISRO is working on its own plans for India’s maiden human spaceflight program, Gaganyaan pegged to launch in 2022. Their indigenously developed spacecraft is designed to carry three people. The shortlisted pilots from the Indian Air Force (IAF) are currently undergoing training in Russia.
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is manufacturing the crew model and had its first un-crewed experimental flight on 18 December 2014. According to the company, the design of the crew module was complete as of May 2019.
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is providing the human-centric systems and technologies, like space-grade food, healthcare, radiation measurements, for the astronauts.
A humanoid robot called Vyommitra will also be joining the three astronauts on their ride. It is capable of detecting any environmental changes within the cabin and giving out warnings.
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