- ISRO Chairman K Sivan said that the space agency is developing green propulsion for human space mission Gaganyaan.
- On 17 December 2020, ISRO launched the communication satellite CMS-01 onboard the PSLV-C50.
- ISRO has planned to launch its human space flight mission ‘Gaganyaan’ by December 2021.
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan, on December 26, said that the agency is developing green propulsion for its human space flight mission Gaganyaan.
Speaking at the 16th convocation of SRM Institute of Science and Technology, K Sivan said that in the future green propulsion may be adopted for use in every stage of a rocket.
ISRO has planned to launch its human space flight mission ‘Gaganyaan’ by December 2021. According to the reports, The spaceflight will carry three people, and a planned upgraded version will be equipped with rendezvous and docking capability.
The spacecraft ‘Gaganyaan’ is manufactured by ISRO, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, and Defence Research and Development Organisation. With this spacecraft, ISRO aims to send astronauts in the lower orbit of the earth — an orbit of 2,000km or less — with an adequate supply of oxygen and essentials.
According to the reports, ISRO will send three astronauts to space for seven days onboard Gaganyaan, a crew capsule, to be launched with the help of a Geo-Synchronous Launch Vehicle (GSLV).
“As India continues to focus on economic growth, it needs to ensure that environmental damage is limited by adopting green technologies. ISRO has made space-grade lithium-ion batteries and this technology is useful for mass adoption of electric vehicles,” said K Sivan, Chairman, ISRO.
According to ISRO, the GSLV Mk III rocket, the three-stage heavy-lift launch vehicle, will be used to launch India’s first manned space flight mission Gaganyaan.
ISRO recently launched its 42nd communication satellite CMS-01 onboard the PSLV-C50 for the replacement of GSAT-12, which was launched in July 2011.