The Union Cabinet on Friday showed a green signal to the Gaganyaan Mission, India’s first manned space programme which is set to send three people to space by year 2022. The cabinet on Friday cleared the budget of Rs 10,000 crore. The decision was taken by the Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday.
The Cabinet approved the indigenous human spaceflight programme through which a three-member crew can be in space for minimum 7 days.
A human-rated GSLV Mk-lll will be used to carry the orbital module which will have necessary provisions for sustaining a three-member crew for the duration of the mission.
The necessary infrastructure for crew training, realisation of flight systems and ground infrastructure will be established to support the Gaganyaan Programme. ISRO will collaborate extensively with National agencies, laboratories, academia and industry to accomplish the Gaganyaan Programme objectives.
When completed, this would make India only the fourth nation to send a human in the space after the United States, Russia and China.