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February 29, 2024

PM Modi Unveils Gaganyaan’s Astronaut Team: Progress Update   


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently revealed the four astronauts designated for India’s maiden crewed space mission, Gaganyaan. This groundbreaking initiative marks a significant milestone in India’s space exploration journey. Let’s delve into the current status of the mission and its various components.

The Astronaut Team:

  • Group Captain Prasanth Balakrishnan Nair, Group Captain Ajit Krishnan, Group Captain Angad Pratap, and Wing Commander Shubhanshu Shukla have been selected as India’s astronauts for the Gaganyaan mission. These distinguished Indian Air Force officers bring with them extensive experience as test pilots and are presently undergoing rigorous training for the mission.

Mission Overview:

  • The Gaganyaan mission comprises two phases. The first phase involves an unmanned test flight, Gaganyaan-1, scheduled for the end of 2024. This test flight aims to assess the technological readiness for the subsequent crewed mission. The manned mission will follow, carrying a three-member crew into a low earth orbit for a duration of three days.

Technology Readiness:

  • India’s premier space agency, ISRO, is employing its robust LVM3 rocket for all Gaganyaan missions. Extensive modifications have been made to ensure the human rating of the launch vehicle. Notably, the cryogenic engine, crucial for crewed missions, has successfully passed rigorous testing, affirming its readiness for human spaceflight.

Crew Module and Safety Systems:

  • Preparations for the crewed mission involve the development of life support systems and emergency escape mechanisms. Precursor missions like Gaganyaan-1 will validate the technology required for human spaceflight. While the first unmanned mission will test the safe re-entry of the crew module, subsequent flights will focus on evaluating the complete life support system.

Training of Astronauts:

  • The selected astronauts have undergone generic training at Russia’s Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre and are currently undergoing specialized training at ISRO’s facility in Bengaluru. Continuous training encompasses subsystem functioning, crew module design inputs, as well as fitness and psychological conditioning.

Collaborative Efforts:

  • Additionally, one of the astronauts is slated to receive training from NASA, further strengthening international collaboration in space exploration.


  • With the unveiling of the astronaut team and significant progress in technology development and training, India’s Gaganyaan mission is poised to make history. This ambitious endeavor not only showcases India’s prowess in space exploration but also underscores the spirit of collaboration and innovation driving humanity’s quest for the stars.

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