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Gaganyaan-1 TV-D1 Test Flight Accomplished

Gaganyaan-1 TV-D1 Test Flight Accomplished

ISRO has successfully accomplished the Gaganyaan-1 TV-D1 Test Flight today, the 21st of October 2023. The ISRO Gaganyaan Team confirmed that the Crew Escape System performed as intended. Thus, the Mission Gaganyaan gets off on a successful note.

India’s Space Research Organization ISRO has successfully carried out the first test flight of its prestigious project Gaganyaan-1. It has successfully demonstrated how the Crew Escape System (CES) could take the Crew Module (CM) to safety in case of an in-flight emergency situation. The launch of the Test Vehicle was scheduled for 08:00am IST but rescheduled to 08:45am due to unfavourable weather conditions. Count down started and at five seconds to zero, the launch control computer put the ignition on hold thus aborting the launch. The engineers rectified the issues immediately and launched the Test Vehicle later in the morning at 10am IST. The lift-off happened from the first launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikotta.

The ISRO Scientists demonstrated an abort condition when the vehicle was at about 17km altitude. The Crew Module deployed parachutes and landed at the designated spot in the Bay of Bengal 10km off the coast and later recovered.

Mission Definition

“In-flight Abort Demonstration of Crew Escape System (CES)” at Mach number 1.2 with the newly developed Test Vehicle followed by Crew Module separation & safe recovery.

Mission Objectives

  • Flight demonstration and evaluation of Test Vehicle sub systems
  • Flight demonstration and evaluation of Crew Escape System including various separation systems
  • Crew Module characteristics & deceleration systems demonstration at higher altitude & its recovery

Read more about the Gaganyaan TV-D1 Mission at ISRO Website

Atyutka congratulates India, ISRO, the Gaganyaan Team and all those who have worked behind the scenes on the successful completion of the TV-D1 Flight.

Disclaimer: Information provided only for public awareness and collected from ISRO Website

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