ISRO ropes in doctors to build crewed spacecraft for India’s Gaganyaan mission

ISRO ropes in doctors to build crewed spacecraft for India's Gaganyaan mission

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is building a human-rated spacecraft for the Gaganyaan mission. India’s first human spaceflight will aim to take astronauts into a Low Earth Orbit (LEO).

Engineers have to design the spacecraft to accommodate the crew as if they are living in acceptable conditions. ISRO has also hired doctors to understand the impact of spacecraft on humans.

“There are four astronauts who are part of Gaganyaan. We talk to them. They sit in a cockpit. We ask them to go through this and tell us whether the placing of equipment is correct, whether the lighting is correct or whether the edges are causing discomfort,” ISRO chairman S Somnath said.

“We are also looking at how doctors can connect with the human spacecraft design. There is an interaction between doctors and engineers in designing the human spacecraft. If you have to conduct a successful human space flight and sustain it in India, we need a strong pool of doctors who will get involved in this human spaceflight mission as well,” he added.

Somnath revealed that engineers are working on the facility to recover the crew from any hazardous situation safely.

“We also look at various measures of quality to increase the reliability and finally prove the redundancy,” Somnath added.

Meanwhile, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said India aims to launch the first of two unmanned missions in the Gaganyaan series by 2023 before the astronauts board the spaceflight for a sojourn in a Low Earth Orbit.

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