Impact of COVID-19  on ISRO’s missions

Impact of COVID-19 on ISRO’s missions

Ever since in late May Elon Musk launched SpaceX ‘s Falcom 9 from the United States in space with humans on board whole world applauded sincere efforts of the man towards his passion, to Earth and contribution to the betterment of Humankind, as it was the first private sector participant’s success in the space from the United States.

Passion is nothing but consistency and hard work without giving up.

If we consider Indian space research organization’s work and dedication towards space research and analysis, It is massive and outstanding! Indeed 2020 is a crucial year for many important missions considering Gaganyan -The first humanoid spaceship by India

Looking at ISRO’s missions, there are many things to head’s up

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Gaganyan which is likely to continue prepping in 2020, but COVID-19 has made a deplorable impact on this mission as well.

Gaganyan is the most prominent mission that is the humanoid mission of India which was announced by the Honorable Prime minister of India in August 2018.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots who are in Russia for 11 months of advance preparation for the Gaganyaan Human Mission have been required to be postponed because of lockdown due to the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19. These pilots who are in Russia were required to return year’s end and continue ahead with the module-explicit preparation in India.

But this has now been pushed back as Russia’s leg training will be completed this year as reported by officials.

Crew training and Testing of System is the most essential part of Mission which was declared earlier this year by ISRO.

The first, three flights were scheduled in a year, initial two flights without human onboard, but with humanoids named as “Vyommitra”, the female humanoid. But due to the pandemic, the test flight has also been delayed which is supposed to be in the year 2020. The mission is expected to be propelled in 2022 from India and probably these space travelers are expected to land into the low earth circle in Space orbit

Human Spaceflight Centre (HSFC) which is the part of ISRO, is also involved in the mission ‘s Systems Engineering for the subject of human survival in space, up to the stage of crew selection and training.

Regarding the R&D and manufacturing for space missions , it’s not progressing and this is expected to have an impact on mission plans for the first Gaganyaan launch with a Humanoid reported by ISRO.

Due to COVID Indeed, even ISRO researchers are working remotely and through video conferencing. But still, a few researchers are out to deal ventures following severe COVID-19 Social Distancing Protocols.

Other prominent missions of ISRO’s Solar spacecraft Aditya and Chandrayaan-3 were also major missions scheduled by 2021. The launch of GISAT-1 installed GSLV-F10 rocket on March 5, 2020, also got delayed because of technical errors.

As stated by the Indian Government private sector has been also allowed to venture out in space missions but COVID-19 has badly impacted the possibilities of venturing and further scaling plans.

With the focal point on the battle against COVID-19 pandemic, every single vital venture of ISRO’s is probably going to have limitations. The Ministry of Defense has just reported hang on capital acquisitions in any event for this quarter and future capital acquirements also are under a shadow for the present.

Aditi Mokasdar

Aditi Mokasdar


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