Isro gearing up to launch unmanned crew module

  • Vanita Srivastava, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 01, 2014 22:37 IST

After a series of successes, the Indian Space Research Organisation(Isro) is now gearing for its unmanned crew module in December.

“Yes we plan to launch it onboard GSLV Mk111 experimental flight in December,” Isro chairman Dr K Radhakrishnan told Hindustan Times.

The success of this will form the basis of a future human space project.

MkIII will test the recovery of a dummy crew module from sea. The module is the core of a future Human Space Project.

Speaking to HT director Space Application Center Dr Kiran Kumar said there would be two parachutes that will open and reduce the impact velocity.

“The crew module parachutes are essential to reduce the impact velocity,”

The experimental flight with the crew module in a spacecraft will go up to 100-120 km above earth to test its heat shield survive very high temperatures (about 1, 500 degrees Celsius) during the re-entry into the atmosphere.

The parachute will open up for a soft landing in the Bay of Bengal.

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