ISRO to Integrate Human Angle to Long Haul Space Flight in Upcoming Human Test
Now that manned deep space explorations programs are in the works, experts from Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is injecting the human angle to their test flight. The agency will conduct a human test to see how the crew can survive if anything happens to their spacecraft.
The test's main mission is to study how astronauts will be able to eject themselves inside a spacecraft to abort a mission that endangers their safety. However, the rescue does not stop there, as the agency will also have to consider staging a plan to retrieve ejected crew to another spacecraft.
The Indian agency is determined to fully succeed in their human test before sending manned missions in the near future. ISRO is also looking at the possibility of astronauts to land on Earth after successfully ejecting from a troubled spacecraft.
ISRO will conduct the test as part of the Human Space Flight (HSF) program and the scientists are hopeful that the government will grant support for the program to push through. The agency is taking a cue from the movie "The Martian" that presented how a stranded astronaut survived on Mars. "We are getting ready for the pad abort test and it will happen soon," A.S. Kiran Kumar, Chairman of ISRO said in a statement.
In order to do this, most India space capsules will need to have the safety ejection module. The mechanism and control should also be perfected first before the agency would be able to send humans to space missions. The agency will also need to check the viability of current spacesuits and if it will allow ejected astronauts to survive in space.
Aside from the safety of the crew for ISRO's manned mission, the agency together with Defense Food Research Laboratory (DFRL) is also preparing the food for the Human Spaceflight Programme, according to the New Indian Express. This will provide astronauts will viable space food for future missions.
The human angle will be incorporated the design and testing of India's most powerful rocket the GSLV-III. The spacecraft will include the said angle to improve its safety mechanism in preparation for a manned flight in 2020.