INDIA. Mumbai: Indian Navy and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) released the Gaganyaan Recovery Training Plan at Water Survival Training Facility (WSTF) INS Garuda, Kochi, Kerala, on Wednesday.
As per the Indian Navy statement issued here on Friday, the document outlines the training plan for recovery of the Crew Module of the mission. It defines overall requirements for Water Damage Restoration Technical training of various teams participating in recovery operations, including Divers, Marine Commandos, Medical Specialists, Communicators, Technicians and Naval Aviators.
The training document was jointly released by Vice Admiral Atul Anand, Director General of Naval Operations, Dr Unnikrishnan Nair, Director Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) and Dr Umamaheshwaran R, Director Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC) of ISRO.
The Recovery training is planned in incremental phases starting from unmanned recovery to manned recovery training in the harbour and open sea conditions. The recovery operations are being led by the Indian Navy in coordination with other Government agencies.
The Crew Module Recovery Model was also formally handed over to the Indian Navy at its state-of-the-art Water Survival Training Facility (WSTF) at INS Garuda. The mass and shape simulated mock-up will be used for familiarisation and training of Gaganyaan recovery teams.
The Indian Navy will also assist ISRO by undertaking a series of trials to fine-tune the Standard Operating Procedures for training the crew and recovery teams of Gaganyaan, the statement read,
The Gaganyaan is expected to be launched next year. India plans to launch an unmanned mission and send a female robot in the first and second missions, respectively, preceding the Gaganyaan human spaceflight program.
The Gaganyaan project envisions a demonstration of human spaceflight capability by sending a three-person crew into a 400-kilometre orbit for a three-day mission and safely returning them to Earth by landing in Indian sea waters.
Precursor missions are meant to demonstrate the levels of technological preparedness prior to carrying out the actual Human Space Flight mission. Integrated Air Drop Test (IADT), Pad Abort Test (PAT), and Test Vehicle (TV) flights are among the demonstrator missions.
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