The Indian Space Flight Centre will come at the site at Challekere in Karnataka’s Chitradurga district.
About the Space Flight Centre
- The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has proposed a ₹ 2,700-crore master plan to create a top infrastructure that will house its Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC).
- Currently, HSP work is split across various centres.
- Apart from all this work, Challakere will also host work related to crew and service modules of the spacecraft that carries the astronauts and mission control.
- The Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC) is a body under the Indian Space Research Organisation to coordinate Indian Human Spaceflight Programme.
- The agency will be responsible for the implementation of the Gaganyaan project.
- Gaganyaan is a crewed orbital spacecraft that is expected to take three astronauts to space for a period of seven days.
- For the mission, India's space agency is planning to carry out two unmanned missions in December 2020 and July 2021, followed by the manned mission by December 2021.
- ISRO's Geo-Synchronous Launch Vehicle (GSLV) will be used for the manned space mission.
- If completed on schedule, India will become the world's fourth nation to conduct independent human spaceflight after the Soviet Union/Russia, the United States and the People's Republic of China.
- The first crewed flight is planned for December 2021 on a home-grown GSLV-III rocket.
The success of Gaganyaan would unlock many doors to experiment with more spaceflight missions. It will also give a boost to India's ambition of setting up its own space station.
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