Visuals of ISRO's Gaganyaan Crew Module.

Updated October 16th, 2023 at 17:24 IST

ISRO gears up for Gaganyaan mission's first unmanned flight test

ISRO to conduct unmanned flight tests for Gaganyaan mission, including vital Crew Module and Escape Systems trials, ensuring crew safety and mission success.

1/7: India's Gaganyaan mission: ISRO is gearing up for unmanned flight tests, Abort Mission-1 (TV-D1) on October 21, 2023, 7-9 am, from Sriharikota./ Image: ISRO

2/7: ISRO engineers designed the Crew Module (CM) for Gaganyaan, prioritising crew safety. TV-D1 CM, unpressurised yet crucial, mirrors the envisioned manned-module, housing vital recovery systems./ Image: ISRO

3/7: CM avionics in dual redundant mode is essential for critical functions, extensive instrumentation aboard the CM will be used to collect flight data./ Image: ISRO

4/7: The Indian Navy will recover the CM in the Bay of Bengal following the module's return./ Image: ISRO

5/7: Test Vehicle, custom-built for abort mission, will carry CM and Crew Escape Systems with fast-acting solid motors, which are crucial for the mach 1.2 simulation./ Image: ISRO

6/7: At 17 km, CES and CM will part ways, triggering an orchestrated abort sequence. Safe splashdown as per ISRO would be anywhere near 10 km off Sriharikota coast in the Bay of Bengal./ Image: ISRO

7/7: CM is being tested in the Bengaluru ISRO facility, and was subsequently dispatched on August 13. The Module has been undergoing vibration tests and pre-integration for final Launch-Pad integration./ Image: ISRO

Published October 16th, 2023 at 17:24 IST