Isro in quest of three astronauts for manned mission

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"Two unmanned Gaganyaan missions will be undertaken prior to sending humans to space", ISRO chief K Sivan told reporters. Union minister Jitendra Singh said the first unmanned flight of the programme is likely within 30 months, according to IANS. The spacecraft will be placed in a low earth orbit of 300-400 km. The second unmanned test in 36 months. The human space flight will take 16 minutes to reach the orbit where it will stay for five to seven days. It would land on earth within 36 minutes, in the Arabian Sea, close to Ahmedabad.

Isro has lined up 19 other missions till March 2019, including a small satellite launch vehicle, to be assembled in three days instead of the usual 60 days and by six people instead of 600, Sivan said.

On seventh day, the crew module would re-orient and separate itself from the service module. We will try to execute the project within 40 months.

"It will also help in providing employment to 15,000 people. Most of the critical technologies needed for the mission like crew escape system have already been developed". "To ensure that it becomes a success in the first attempt they (experts) have suggested some changes", he said. Two men and one woman would be part of the crew. We will send them to a training facility in Bengaluru. The Indian Space Research Organisation, the nation's equivalent of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, plans to land near the Moon's south pole early next year - an area where no nation has gone before - and explore the potential for mining helium-3, a source of waste-free nuclear energy that could be worth trillions of dollars.

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In his Independence Day speech on August 15, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that India will launch a manned mission to space by 2022 and become the fourth nation to do so after Russian Federation, the United States and China. This programme will totally be an indigenous mission. Since it's our first mission, we would prefer a pilot.

India, the world's cheapest space explorer, is competing with the likes of the U.S., China, Russia and billionaires such as Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk in exploring space. "They can do several experiments in space and experience the changes in human behaviour, including psychological and biological changes".

The total programme is expected to cost less than ₹10,000 crore and will result in significant spinoffs in multiple dimensions, including technology spinoffs in the social sector. This money will be in addition to the annual budget of Rs 6,000 crore earmarked for Isro.

"This is very cost-effective when you look at it from a larger perspective, more so when you compare it with similar missions sent by other countries".

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