On Friday, the Union Cabinet announced the approval of a Rs. 10,000 crore budget for the human spaceflight mission, Gaganyaan, which plans on sending astronauts to space in 2022, at least for seven days.
The project was first announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his independence day speech on the 15th of August, from the Red Fort.
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is to build 3 sets of rockets, out if which two unmanned and one manned flight will be sent to space.
At least Rs 5,000 crore of the budget will be invested in human rating, while a fair bit of it will be used up to set up a new launch pad, besides the other technological development and infrastructural element costs.
The mission includes at least 10 experiments, like testing medical equipment in space, microbiological experiments, biosensors, monitoring toxic gases, etcetera. ISRO is trying to select experiments that can be carried out in the Lower Earth Orbit, where the astronauts will be sent.
“…we won’t be restricting experiments to just these areas. Also, we will be getting specific experiments in these areas from various institutes across India.” An ISRO official said.
ISRO is now working on the aspect of astronaut selections. India is looking for a pool of 30 astronauts out of which, the final crew of three members will be selected.