Mains Paper 3: Science & Technology | Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics etc.
From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:
Prelims level: Gaganyaan Mission, HSFC
Mains level: India’s aspiration for a manned mission in Space.
Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC)
- The HSFC, the hub of ISRO’s future manned missions, was inaugurated at ISRO headquarters in Bengaluru.
- Announced on August 15 2018, the country’s first crewed mission is set to happen by 2022, the 75th year of Independence.
- HSFC shall be responsible for the implementation of Gaganyaan project — which involves mission planning, development of engineering systems for crew survival in space, crew selection and training and also pursue activities for sustained human space flight missions.
- HSFC will take the support of ISRO centres to implement the first developmental [crewed] flight.