BENGALURU: The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) inaugurated Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC), which is dedicated to human spaceflight.
While other countries are already running programs for crewed spaceflights, it is the first facility in India to be devoted to human spaceflight.
The HSFC is located at the ISRO Headquarter campus in Bengaluru.
During the inauguration on January 30, 2019, a full-scale crew model of Gaganyaan, crewed orbital vehicle, was also unveiled.
“The HSFC shall be responsible for implementation of Gaganyaan Project which involves end-to-end mission planning, development of engineering systems for crew survival in space, crew selection and training. The centre will also pursue activities for sustained human space flight missions. HSFC will take the support of the existing ISRO Centres to implement the first development flight of GAGANYAAN under Human Space Flight Programme”, an ISRO notes read on its website,
Dr S Unnikrishnan Nair is the founder Director of HSFC and R Hutton is the Project Director of GAGANYAAN project.
Gaganyaan is being designed to carry three people into the orbit. Gaganyaan will only fly in the unpiloted form in December 2020. A crewed mission is likely to be scheduled a year later.
There's a lot of work left to do. If everything goes well, though, India could have a truly independent way to deliver people to orbit. It wouldn't have to rely on partner nations.
Source, Image credit: ISRO Website