Gaganyaan: India, France to work jointly on human space mission

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New Delhi:

Gaganyaan, ISRO’s first manned mission announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Independence Day – August 15, 2018, now has a working group. India and France made the announcement at the sixth edition of Bengaluru Space Expo on Thursday.

India plans to send three humans to space before 2022. With this, India would be the fourth country in the world after Russia, US and China to launch a manned space flight.

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India’s ISRO and CNES, the French space agency, will be working together in space medicine, astronaut health monitoring, life support, radiation protection, space debris protection and personal hygiene systems, French space agency President Jean-Yves Le Gall said while announcing the mission.

“CNES is especially proud to be working on this endeavour alongside ISRO to share the experience it has acquired from the first French human spaceflights to Thomas Pesquet’s Proxima mission, and to hone our own expertise by learning from ISRO’s innovative developments in the field of crew transport,” Gall said.

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It is envisioned that infrastructure such as CADMOS centre for development of microgravity applications and space operations or the MEDES space clinic will be used for training of future Indian astronauts, as well as exchange of specialist personnel, Gall said.

ISRO plans to conduct experiments on microgravity through its astronauts.

French-Indian space cooperation spans in areas of climate monitoring, with a fleet of joint satellites devoted to research and operational applications, innovation, through a joint technical group tasked with inventing the launch vehicles of the future. The two also have plans to work on Mars, Venus and asteroids, Gall added.

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