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Navy, ISRO release Gaganyaan Recovery Training Plan

Published: 2nd Jun, 2023

Context

The Indian Space Research Organisation and the Navy released a joint plan to train the crew involved in the recovery operations of the capsule after it lands in the ocean with astronauts onboard. 

Key-highlights (document details)

  • The document outlines the training plan for recovery of the Crew Module for the mission.
  • It defines overall requirements wrt training of various teams participating in recovery operations.
  • The training is planned in incremental phases starting from unmanned recovery to manned recovery training in harbour and open sea conditions.
  • The recovery operations are being led by the Indian Navy in coordination with other government agencies.

About Gaganyaan mission

  • The Gaganyaan mission aims to demonstrate the capability to launch human beings (three crew members) to low earth orbit (LEO) and bring them back safely to earth by landing them in either the Bay of Bengal or the Arabian Sea.
  • Launch Vehicles: The Launch Vehicle Mark-3 (LVM3) is the launch vehicle for the Gaganyaan mission.
    • All systems in the LVM3 launch vehicle are reconfigured to meet human rating requirements and named Human Rated LVM3 (HLVM3).
      • HLVM3 consists of Crew Escape System (CES) powered by a set of quick acting, high burn rate solid motors which ensures that Crew Module along with the crew is taken to a safe distance in case of any emergency either at launch pad or during ascent phase.

Pre-planning

  • Various precursor missions are planned for demonstrating the technology preparedness levels before carrying out the actual Human Space Flight mission. These demonstrator missions include
    • Integrated Air Drop Test (IADT)
    • Pad Abort Test (PAT)
    • Test Vehicle (TV) flights
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