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ISRO’s human spaceflight Mission Gaganyaan gets off on a successful note: PM Modi congratulates ISRO scientists

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ISRO’s human spaceflight Mission Gaganyaan gets off on a successful note; conducts test flight of crew escape system

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully tested crew escape system of the country’s first human spaceflight mission Gaganyaan today morning. The liquid-propelled single-stage Test Vehicle (TV-D1) lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota carrying a homegrown system that would be crucial for the safety of the Indian astronauts – the Crew Escape System.

The test validated the motors that will be used during this mission. This included low-altitude motors, high-altitude motors, and jettisoning motors, that will be put to use to safely eject astronauts away from the vehicle, in case of an emergency. ISRO Chairman S Somnath declared the mission successful and the objectives achieved.

The launch was initially halted due to an anomaly, which was corrected, and the spacecraft lifted-off at 10 AM. After nine minutes, the mission crew module successfully splashed in the Bay of Bengal, ten kilometres away from Sriharikota. The Indian Navy was stationed at the destined place for the recovery of the module. The module was retrieved by Naval divers and was taken to a Naval ship.

PM Modi congratulates ISRO scientists for successful launch of TV-D1 test flight

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the launch of TV-D1 test flight takes India one step closer to realising the country’s first human space flight programme, Gaganyaan. Mr Modi congratulated the ISRO scientists for the success.

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