Continuing with its efforts to send human into space, ISRO has unveiled its first space capsule which will carry them. Prepared by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, the capsule has been handed over to ISRO recently. The testing flight of the module can happen as early as May this year. Initial attempts would involve just only a sub-orbital flight, using a GSLV III engine, they will not carry any animal or human being.
“Only re-entry technologies and flight dynamics will be tested and the capsule will be recovered 400-500 kilometers away from Port Blair in the Bay of Bengal,” Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K Radhakrishnan said.
ISRO has been asking the government for a sanction of 12,500 crores for human space missions. Whenever the sanction happens, the department will take about seven years of work to actually send a human into low earth orbit flights at 300 – 400 kilometers level. So far, US, Russia and China are the only countries to have sent humans into space.