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About Gaganyaan

Focus: GS III- Science and Technology

Why in News?

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology said, India’s maiden human space flight “Gaganyaan” is targeted to be launched in the fourth quarter of 2024

About Gaganyaan

  • Under the Gaganyaan 3 flights will be sent into orbit of which two are unmanned flights and one is human spaceflight.
  • The Gaganyaan system module, called the Orbital Module will have three Indian astronauts, including a woman.
  • It will circle Earth at a low-earth-orbit at an altitude of 300-400 km from earth for 5-7 days.
  • GSLV Mk III, also called the LVM-3 (Launch Vehicle Mark-3,) the three-stage heavy lift launch vehicle, will be used to launch Gaganyaan as it has the necessary payload capability.
Significance of the Gaganyaan Mission
  • Gaganyaan will involve numerous agencies, laboratories, disciplines, industries and departments and help inspire youth along with enhancing science and technology levels.
  • It will help in improvement of industrial growth and development of technology for social benefits.
  • It will also help in improving international collaboration in the field of space technology.

December 2023