The re-entry capsule of India’s Gaganyaan mission, which will use parachutes for descent, has been shipped from Agra, according to a report in The Hindu. This marks a significant milestone for India’s ambitious human spaceflight program, which aims to send astronauts into low Earth orbit by 2022.
India’s Aerial Delivery Research and Development Establishment (ADRDE), a laboratory under the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) located in Agra, has successfully developed parachutes for the country’s manned space flight program, Gaganyaan.
According to a statement by the Aerial Delivery Research and Development Establishment (ADRDE), the first test demonstration for India’s Gaganyaan program is expected to take place in July of this year. However, the first unmanned mission will only be undertaken after the success of two such demonstrations. The Test Vehicle Demonstration (TVD-1) flight is seen as a significant milestone towards achieving India’s ambitious goals for the Gaganyaan program. This test will be a critical step in demonstrating the technology and capabilities required for a successful manned space flight and will pave the way for further progress in the program.
The goal of this program is to send a crew of three astronauts into low-earth orbit. With the development of these parachutes, the ADRDE has contributed a crucial component to the success of the Gaganyaan mission, which aims to make India the fourth country in the world to conduct a manned space flight.