India to test human crew space module

The long‐awaited Indian manned space fight will face its first challenge in April when a more powerful version of the geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV) will carry a human crew module into space to check if the module is capable of re‐entering the Earth’s atmosphere safely. The Indian Space Research Organisation had developed specialised space travel chambers covered with an indigenous heat‐resistant tile to carry human crew to space. When GSLV Mk‐III will be tested in three months’ time, the heavy‐duty rocket will fly the module to an altitude of about 120 km to see if it is safe for human flight. GSLV Mk‐III will carry the crew module to study re‐entry and thermal behaviour, said Sire chairman Dr K Radhakrishnan here. When fully ready, GSLV Mk‐III can carry a payload of 6‐10 Tonne class category and take an Indian into space.

Source: Deccan Herald

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