The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to launch its female robot astronaut, Vyommitra, ahead of the Gaganyaan mission. This uncrewed mission, scheduled for the third quarter of this year, towards India’s maiden manned space flight, Gaganyaan, for 2025.
Vyommitra, a name derived from the Sanskrit words “Vyoma” (meaning Space) and “Mitra” (meaning Friend), represents a step in ISRO’s mission to show human space capabilities.
This female robot astronaut is equipped with advanced capabilities, designed to monitor module parameters, issue alerts, and execute life support operations. Its extends to operating six panels and responding to queries.
ISRO achieved a milestone with the successful test of Flight TV D1 on October 21 last year. This test is to qualify the crew escape system and parachute system, ensuring the safety of future Indian astronauts.
The human rating of the launch vehicle is now complete, with all propulsion stages qualified and preparations in place for the Gaganyaan mission.
The Gaganyaan project envisions demonstrating India’s prowess in human space exploration by launching a crew of astronauts into a 400-kilometer orbit.
The mission’s goal is to safely bring these astronauts back to Earth, landing in India’s sea waters. This sets the stage for India to join the elite group of nations with successful manned space missions.
Designed to simulate human functions, a component of any space mission. The robot’s ability to execute complex tasks and monitor parameters of autonomy to space exploration.
ISRO remains committed to lunar exploration. Chandrayaan 3, which landed near the south pole of the Moon on August 23, 2023, continues to follow its expected course of action. The inputs sent by Chandrayaan 3 are awaited.
The successful deployment of the women robot astronaut and the upcoming Gaganyaan mission position India as a main player in the world of space exploration.
Collaborations and partnerships with other space-faring nations are likely to intensify, fostering a spirit of shared knowledge and advancements.
ISRO’s commitment to advancing space technology is evident in its decision to fly robots, like Vyommitra, instead of animals in experimental missions.
This move is to understand the effects of weightlessness and radiation in the space environment, preparing the groundwork for future human exploration. Vyommitra opening doors to new possibilities in the ever-expanding frontier of space.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s directive to ISRO’s leaders to plan for new and space mission goals shows India’s determination to be at the forefront of space exploration. With plans to put an Indian on the Moon and establish an indigenous space station by 2035.